Bhopal: Sheopur police gunned down dreaded dacoit Bharosi Mallah in an encounter near Chambal river during dawn hours of Sunday. However, gang members of Bharosi Mallah gang succeeded in fleeing away from the scene. A massive hunt has been launched to nab them. Bharosi Mallah was active for last 30 years. He was equally active in Chambal area of MP and neighbouring Rajasthan. He had created a reign of terror through his notorious activities. Around 18 cases were registered against him.
He also carried a reward of Rs 35,000. After the encounter police also recovered two fire arms — 315- bore rifle and a 12-bore gun, besides some live cartridges. Sheopur SP Sunil Pandey told , "Following a tip-off about his presence, we carried out an operation in the ravines of Chambal in Veerpur jungles. He would take this route to cross the border to head to Rajasthan and return."Very agile and a good swimmer, 55-year-old Bharosi had been dodging the police for almost three decades.
He had kidnapped Tejpal Mallah in September last year and demanded ransom of Rs 10 lakh. He had also threatened district police of Morena to kill Tejpal, son of Sitaram Mallah, an alleged police informer, if his brother Bhavani Mallah was not released from police custody, police sources said.
Police sources said the confidence of Mallah community, the boatmen operating around Chambal river, was his strength and that is why he could operate so long without being caught. But, the incident of Tejpal's kidnapping had created a rift among the community. "Half of them went against Bharosi who had also released Tejpal under pressure from the Mallah community," police sources said.
"The police also took advantage of the split and started receiving information about his movement. I was getting updates on his movement continuously," said Sheopur SP. "About 4 to 5 of his accomplices had run away. They would also be caught soon."