The Special Task Force (STF) eliminated the last of the dreaded dacoits in Uttar Pradesh -Ambika Patel Alias Thokia - in a pre-dawn on August 4. Thokia faced 147 criminal cases and carried a reward of Rs six lakh was shot dead after a two-hour gun battle in Chitrakoot district.
The 36-year-old dacoit had created a reign of terror in various areas of the state and neighbouring Madhya Pradesh by lootings, kidnappings, extortions and murders.
STF personnel got a tip-off about his whereabouts and immediately surrounded the fields of Sikhlohi village. Thokia was killed after a two-hour encounter but 20 of his gang members managed to escape, police said.