“A tip-off was received yesterday that Bharoshi Mallah – who was charged with a dozen cases of abduction, banditry and loot in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan – was hiding with some accomplices in the jungle. allah was shot dead, but five of his gang members escaped,” Superintendent of Police SK Pande said today.
Madhya Pradesh Police and its Rajasthan counterpart had announced purses of Rs 30,000 and Rs 5,000, respectively on the dacoit.The police also recovered two fire arms — 315- bore rifle and a 12-bore gun, besides some live cartridges. Sheopur SP Sunil Pandey told TOI, “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.”