Six members of
the Uttar Pradesh police's Special Task Force have been shot dead
in an encounter with the Thokia gang.
The STF team was returning from Chitrakoot.
The setback to the state police force comes a day after the same
force had shot dead the dreaded dacoit Dadua and 12 members of his
gang on Sunday.
The encounter was the second attempt made by a 20-member group of
the STF to kill the dacoit Thokia. An earlier operation on Sunday
had to be aborted.
The second attempt was launched late on Sunday but proved to be
very costly for the police. Just one member of the Thokia gang was
killed in the firing.