Satna (MP): Notorious dacoit Sundar Patel alias Ragia, who had a reward of Rs 6 lakh on his head, had been killed alongwith four accomplices in an encounter with the police in the jungle near village Hardi in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh, police said on Sunday.

A team of Satna and Rewa police had laid a trap in the jungle on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday.

Dacoits, when intercepted, fired around 200 rounds while the police used a total of 250 rounds, according to the police.

Besides Sundar, the other slain dacoits were identified as Khardooshan, Natthu Mawasi, Bhola Mawasi and Shripal Mawasi. Under the cover of darkness, some of the gang members fled.

Madhya Pradesh government had announced a reward of Rs five lakh on Sundar's head, while the neighbouring Uttar Pradesh government had declared a bounty of Rs one lakh on his head, officials said.

Khardooshan was carrying a reward of Rs 75,000 while there was a reward of Rs 15,000 each on the heads of three others.

Large quantity of ammunition, four country-made rifles, a semi-automatic gun and more than 150 live cartridges were recovered from the slain dacoits.

More than two dozen cases of murder and kidnapping were registered against Sundar in various police stations of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, police said.

Sundar was active since 1986 in Uttar Pradesh and the border district of Satna in Madhya Pradesh. On May 18, 2009, his gang killed 12 persons including seven members of a family in Bichhiyan village of Satna district, by locking them in a house and setting it fire.

The present encounter took place under the supervision of Rewa Range Inspector General of Police, G R Meena.

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Umashankar Gupta and in-charge minister of Satna district and Minister of State for Energy, Rajendra Shukla congratulated the police on this achievement.

(Agencies)