Kalua was a terror in the Terai region

LUCKNOW: Close on the heels of liquidating Nirbhay Gujjar, the Uttar Pradesh Police -- in a major success early today -- gunned down yet another dreaded inter-district bandit Kalua in Bareilly district of the State.

Kalua was wanted in over 63 cases of murder, dacoity and kidnapping. UP Police was after him since 1986.

He was eliminated in a joint operation by police teams from Bareilly, Badaun and the neighbouring districts near Kateri under Fatehganj (East) police station of Bareilly. The encounter took place around 5 am under thick fog.

After the shootout, police recovered two bodies including that of Kalua.

Since 2002, Kalua had killed over 15 police and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel and looted arms and ammunition. Carrying a reward of Rs five lakh on his head, his was a terror in the Terai region, besides central and western districts of U.P., police said here today.

The gang of the dreaded outlaw had recently kidnapped four people from Badaun district, Inspector General of Police (IG), Bareilly Zone, Jagmohan Yadav told UNI over telephone.

He said it was the fourth encounter with the gang during the last one week. Kalua had managed to escape during an encounter yesterday, but a sustained offensive pinned him down early this morning.

A Yadav by caste, Kalua reportedly had several informers in the police, which had helped him evade direct confrontation with the force.

Recently, the State Home Department had denied reports the police was considering taking the assistance of Air Force helicopter to carry out surveillance in the thick jungles to track him down.

Kalua enjoyed an excellent rapport with villagers, who provided him with food and shelter.

There were intelligence inputs that villagers also worked as couriers to ferry arms and ammunition to his hideouts. - UNI