Notorious dacoit Radhey Patel, right-hand man of deceased dacoit Dadua, has reportedly surrendered before the Madhya Pradesh police in the forests of Satna late on Thursday.
Radhey had struck a deal with politicians and the police in Madhya Pradesh, said a police source from Chitrakoot.
Consequently, it is likely to affect the relations between the police of two states. Also, with the assembly elections closing in, the surrender has gained political significance.
The report of the surrender came as a disappointment for the UP police, which was on hot at his heels.
“The place he surrendered was Imiliya village under the Majhgaunwan police station. Senior police officers welcomed him with garlands,” said the official from Chitrakoot.
Radhey had managed his surrender with the help of his relatives who are in the Madhya Pradesh police. “His close relative, one Abhilash, is posted at the Majhgauwan police station,” the source added.
While the DIG of Rewa, G R Meena, could not confirm the report, Additional Director General of Police (STF) Brij Lal said he has received the same information. “I am trying to check the veracity of the report,” he said. Meena said he had talked to Rathore. “He could not confirm the report,” he added.
Despite repeated efforts, K S Rathore, Superintendent of Police (Satna), could not be contacted.
Radheywas desperate to surrender after his several encounters with the UP STF. “We made over 10 attempts to finish him and his gang members. He proved to be very lucky on every occasion,” said the officer in Chitrakoot. Because of the pressure, he started exploring the possibility of surrendering in Madhya Pradesh.
Two days ago, his associates Godar Munda, Raju Kol and Bhaskar were arrested by the MP police. It was a “test case”.
Radheywas carrying a reward of Rs 50,000 on his head in UP. Madhya Pradesh had a reward of Rs 10,000.
Another dacoit, Thokia, who had killed six STF men in Banda last July -- within 24-houirs of Dadua's killing -- is also reportedly camping in MP.
Police sources said Radheyhad the potential to emerge as “second Dadua”.
After the killing of Dadua, he had gone entered a pact with Thokia for survival. But the dispute over Dadua's legacy led to a rift, a police officer said.
Radhe's success may lead to a similar surrender by Thokia. If he surrenders in Madhya Pradesh, it would badly affect the morale of UP STF.