It took around 500 heavily armed elite Uttar Pradesh cops and commandos more than 50 hours — apart from four of their own dead including a PAC commanding officer — to kill the dreaded dacoit, Ghanshyam Kevat, in a Chitrakoot village on Thursday afternoon.
After holding on to his fortified position in a two-storey pucca house for three days, Kevat was finally shot as he tried to escape towards a nearby forest, after killing a constable, his fourth victim. Alarmingly, STF chief Brij Lal was leading the team into the house and he could have as easily been the dacoit’s next target. However, in Lucknow, DGP Vikram Singh crowed about the operation, saying despite 1,500 rounds being fired and several grenades lobbed, “no civilian casualty or injury was reported”.
The joint team of special task force (STF), special operations group (SOG) and PAC battalions surrounded the village of Jamauli to nail the 40-plus brigand who has nine cases of cases of murder, extortion and dacoity against him.
The operation was the lengthiest in the history of UP police. Apart from surprise attacks by Naxals or the recent ambush by slain brigand Thokia and his gang in which nine STF men were killed, the Jamauli encounter is perhaps the only incident in which four cops were killed while 11 others including an IG and DIG were injured battling a single bandit.
All that Kevat had was .315 bore rifle and some bullets. With more sophisticated weapons and ammunition, it’s anybody’s guess how much longer he could have held out against UP’s crack units.
Kevat, surrounded from all sides, killed constable Veer Singh on Thursday as he, as part of Brij Lal’s team, tried to enter the house. After shooting down the constable, Kevat got out, went to the terrace and — with bullets flying all around him — jumped on to another roof, and ran out towards the field that lay between him and the forest. While police kept firing and missing, Kevat ran almost half a kilometre before being knocked down by police bullets. “We chased him and shot him dead in a rivulet as he tried to run towards a nearby jungle,” Chitrakoot ASP Jugal Kishore told TOI over phone from the spot.
Brij Lal led the final offensive after a pep-talk to his men. He asked them to move and avenge the death of their colleagues. “This did the trick. The next offensive proved to be the last for the dacoit,” Brij Lal told TOI over phone from Chitrakoot.
Courtesy : Times Of India