Staff Correspondent

BHOPAL: Three alleged dacoits, including Pratap Gadaria of the dreaded Gadaria gang, were shot dead in two separate police encounters in Shivpuri and Datia districts of Madhya Pradesh on Friday.

The Gwalior Range Inspector-General of Police in an official statement said that acting on a tip-off police teams from Shivpuri led by Superintendent Sajid Farid Shapu cordoned the suspected area near Amarnala at midnight. On hearing sounds indicating some movement nearby, the SP issued a warning and asked the dacoits to surrender.

The dacoits responded by firing indiscriminately. The police retaliated by firing 72 rounds. The firing continued for about half-an-hour.

When the area was inspected after the firing had stopped, the police found that one dacoit, identified as Pratap Gadaria, was killed, while two or three had escaped. There was a reward of Rs. 1 lakh on Pratap Gadaria.

According to the police there were16 cases of murder, 38 of attempt to murder, six of dacoity, two of loot and 47 kidnapping cases registered against Paratap Gadaria, who was heading the Gadaria gang after the death of the dreaded Dayaram Gadaria. Madhya Pradesh Director-General of Police Anand Rao Pawar has announced that the police team engaged in the encounter will be rewarded.

Another encounter

In the other police encounter on Friday, two alleged dacoits, Nazim and Kallu Lodhi, were killed in the Uchad forest in Datia district. There was a reward of Rs.15,000 on Nazim and a reward of Rs.5,000 on Kallu.

According to DSP Mahesh Mudgal, a police team from the Goraghat police station sent to the Uchad forest on a tip-off was engaged in an encounter with dacoits on Friday morning.

Two dacoits were killed in the incident.

Several cases of loot, murder and dacoity were registered against Nazim and Kallu at various police stations. They had been active in Bhind, Morena, Gwalior and Datia districts.