Ashok Bhadoriya: Chambal’s Bandit Hunter (ENG) | Dinner With The Cops | Unique Stories From India


Tap the bell icon on the YouTube app And never miss out on unique stories from 101India How many encounters Have you been a part of? 36 We are aiming to cross 100 We want to score a century There is confusion Some say it is 108 Some 106, 104 Papa, do you remember it yourself? I remember till 116 At this point, has this become a game for you? So, VC, are you enjoying yourself? Gwalior Like most big Indian cities It’s one part feast, and one part assault on the senses It might be jam packed with visually stunning art and architecture But it also happens to be India’s most polluted city According to the World Health Organisation And if the pollution doesn’t get you The calorie-heavy street food sure will Look at this You can’t be fit in this f**king city You just can’t I wish I was here just to soak in the sights and sounds But what really brings me to Gwalior Is its proximity to Chambal and its dacoit situation Gwalior happens to be a gateway to bandit country It’s so close to Chambal that a lot of ex Daakus still prefer to hang out here But I’m not here to dine with any of those daakus
In fact, I’m going to do the exact opposite I’m going to dine with someone who’s on the other side of the law I’m going to meet a man who specialises in killing these daakus Ashok Singh Bhadoriya The cop with arguably the most hits on the Indian all-time encounter charts With a whopping 116 kills, Mr. Bhadoriya almost single handedly Wiped the Chambal valley clean of its bandits in the last 3 decades I was hoping his choice in food Would be as impressive Thankfully, he didn’t disappoint Several of our dishes are famous Like ‘bedai’ Bedai? What is that? It’s one of our specialities You won’t get this dish anywhere but here There’s a vegetable dish that comes with it Let’s make you try it And jalebi with yoghurt That’s also famous here Yoghurt with jalebi? Yes Till the time the snacks arrived, I decided to quiz Mr. Bhadoriya About what exactly fuels the violence and gun culture that plagues Chambal In these parts, a man may not have food at home But he’ll definitely have a gun He will sell everything he owns to get a gun license So it’s a style statement? Yes it’s a style statement He will wear the gun and roam around It makes him feel powerful He may not have a square meal at home But he will put a grain of rice on his lips before stepping out And say he’s just eaten a full rice meal That’s how it is here Here comes the bedai Here, keep it This is the bedai, and this is the vegetable curry Very nice It’s so crispy Taste it, it’s excellent I think there’s some chutney in here too In the vegetable curry Jalebi Jalebi and yoghurt? Now try this Right now, we are enjoying this meal But when we would go bandit hunting in the jungle We would carry pre-prepared rotis After 5-6 days in the jungle The rotis would dry up and start falling apart So we would use muddy, dirty water Infested with insects And dip the rotis in it Just the way you’re dipping the jalebi in the yoghurt We would dip our rotis the same way In diry water, and then eat them To catch a bandit, you have to become like one Drinking maggot-infested water, and eating 6-day old chappatis aren’t exactly anyone’s dream work conditions But being a bandit hunter was the only thing that Bhadoriya aspired to since his college days Long before he joined the force in 1982 My father was also an encounter specialist I enjoyed it I would always go with him Even if he refused, I would sit in the back of the car and go along Once, during the rainy season Daddy was leaving for an encounter I said I would go along He refused So I hid in a large raincoat Slung a rifle on my shoulder And went along He couldn’t recognise me in the raincoat Like father, like son It’s not every day that you meet someone Who’s so passionate about hunting bandits So, when Mr. Bhadoriya invited me to his house for lunch I obviously said yes This was a great opportunity to see up close and personal the family life that comes with such a dangerous job And if I thought I was meeting a family suffering from stress and anxiety Over Mr. Bhadoriya’s day job Well, his wife shot down my assumptions in cold blood. He became an encounter specialist later First, he became my husband And we are also from a police background My father was also in the police force So we were used to it, since I was joining another police family It’s OK It was OK till 16 November 2002 When Mr. Bhadoriya was shot in the hip During an encounter with the infamous Pappu Gurjar gang It was a serious injury And I decided to ask him The grisly details some other time But I still wanted to know how his family coped with the aftermath When I first heard that he had been shot For a few seconds I felt like I couldn’t see or hear anything Everything was spinning Then at 2 am, I reached Sahara Hospital Seeing me, his staff burst into tears I scolded them “If a bullet has been fired, it has to hit someone’s son, someone’s husband” “Why are you behaving like this?” “Everything is fine, there’s no need to cry” Has hunting bandits become like a game for you? If someone else does an encounter, Papa gets jealous As the count went over 100 We stopped counting, quite a while back There is confusion around the final number Some say 108, some 106, some 104. No one knows Papa, do you even remember the number? I remember till 116 Mr. Bhadoriya’s passion for his work didn’t really translate into smooth sailing for his career Which was checkered with meteoric highs and some abysmal lows According to the family The system had gloriously failed to appreciate his efforts And in fact, sometimes turned against him You were speaking of the system, right? He has been nominated 16 times for the Gallantry Award He’s never won even once An out-of-turn promotion was announced for him That has stayed an announcement I think we will only see it when there’s a garland on his photo, after his death What will we do with it then? Make pickle out of it? She always speaks her mind, even to the DCP (Deputy Commissioner of Police) He has asked me “Where did you find her?” “Seems like she drinks from the Chambal river” What have we ever got? CBI enquiries Court cases A police officer has to spend 10 days running around in court This is what we’ve had to go through What Yashmev is referring to were the various fake enounter allegations That were levelled against his father Mr. Bhadoriya was quite clear, though There’s nothing fake about his encounters Once, there was an encounter The gang killed one of my men Even that charge was levelled against me That I have killed him And that there was never a gang, we just killed some villagers I was suspended because of this And had to fight the case in court A murder case Eventually, I was acquitted But this went on for a while With our plates wiped clean of the main course It was time for some ‘gazak’ A dry dessert made from sesame seeds, groundnuts and jaggery OD’ing on the gazak, I got another invitation from my host But this time to something a little more dangerous than lunch with his family There was a drill for an upcoming operation happening soon And Bhadoriya wanted me to be a part of it The drill will be conducted in a couple of days When it does, we will take you along Anything can happen while you’re on a drill It’s not safe? No, it’s not safe. Guess I should enjoy my dessert for now We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it Well, this show would never go anywhere if I started taking warnings seriously So there I was, in a car with one of the best encounter specialists in the country Accompanying him on a potentially fatal drill The dreaded dacoits of old Are no more There are very few now They’ve been killed in encounters But there are some new gangs now There days there is a lot of movement in these parts So that’s where we will take you To the Chinor region Chinor? When Mr. Bhadoriya’s network of informants tipped him off about the movements Of a possible bandit gang about 40km from Gwalior, near a village called Chinor The drill suddenly turned into a mini-operation We needed a bigger team And Mr. Bhadoriya decided to gather the rest of the group from the Chinor Police station Gather the force outside An operation like the one we were heading for Involves smaller teams of policemen Each performing different functions Like search, assault, ambush, etc. Force, at ease! Easy. We have received word that a gang is in the Mauchh valley Based on this information, we will march on the valley We will also have a guerilla party with us Bear that in mind And look at these faces carefully In addition to these parties, there is a special group Whose job is to look, talk and basically be like the bandits In order to infiltrate their ranks This group is called the guerilla party And is mostly composed of police informants and local villagers And is the key to conducting a successful strike I’m going to report to Sir now And then we move out As night dawned upon us and we started off on the operation I noticed that I was one of the few people here Without a gun in my hand If sh*t got serious I’d have to completely rely on my host’s weapon of choice Fortinately for me, he and his gun go way back I love this AK-47 You know people say My hands have gotten used to this gun Since 1996, when I started doing bigger encounters With dreaded gangs Like the Gadariya gang Gurjar gang Haribaba gang All those were with this gun I think she’s seen about 100 encounters Have you given her a name? Yes, she does have a name… Do tell I call her my ‘Darling’ Wow! Darling! She’s always with me Even my family is upset with me sometimes Asking why I keep her by my side all the time That’s amazing! She must be your Darling indeed, she’s saved your life so many times! Yes Has it ever happened that Darling betrayed you? No, no. The best thing about her Is that this Darling has never betrayed me That’s amazing Sir Whenever I have been trapped Even when I got shot, she was the one who saved me Wow! People say she has tasted too much blood Now no one else will touch her Out of fear Even if I put her down, no officer will pick her up They say she is bloodthirsty Okay, everyone out, quick! What we have heard Is that the gang is in this jungle They can kidnap people from any nearby village Until you hear the order to fire Till then, no one will load or fire their rifle You will only fire when the order is given Most people are afraid of the dark, but night is when most encounter specialists go hunting for bandits The bandits use their close ties with the local villagers To keep track of police movements during the day The lack of light at night sort of levels out the playing field Let’s send the guerilla party from below VC? Yes? You see that hill? We have to surround it A search party will go forward, and we will set an ambush here Any bandits escaping from there will pass through here Ok, Sir And we will shoot them down If there are any If there are any Ok, Kedar, take your party and advance You were injured once, during an encounter Despite that injury, how are you able to walk so much It was quite a serious injury For 6 months to a year, I was bedridden After that, I thought I would take it easy Perhaps not do this anymore But my superiors wouldn’t hear of it And in that time, the bandits spread a wave of terror So I had to come back to the same job I had to get back to killing bandits So how long do we have to wait during an ambush? It’s been a couple of hours The thing is, till the search party returns We will have to wait here And we have our guerilla party behind us as well They are also working with us And along with them, our local informer Behind every successful encounter specialist is a network of informants And Mr. Bhadoriya is no different Dileep Singh who is a part of the guerilla party travelling with us is one such informant He’s helped Mr. Bhadoriya get rid of various bandit gangs in the past But it wasn’t some sense of righteousness that fuelled his rage against the daakus But the wish to take revenge for his brother’s killing by the infamous Gadariya gang I was introduced to Bhadoriya Sir by Pran Singh Then bandits killed Pran Singh When I told Sir what had happened That he was dead He told me to turn informant, just like Pran Singh He promised we would kill the bandits Did you ever feel you should forgive them? No, sir. Never. They have killed my brother So I can’t… Whatever happens, I am in this till the end We will kill those f**kers too Because they killed my brother After what seemed like forever, the search party came back empty handed So I wasn’t going to be seeing any bandits tonight, dead or otherwise By then, the adrenaline in my system had given way to absolute hunger As it was too late to find a restaurant Mr. Bhadoriya decided to have dinner at a friend’s farmhouse nearby The friend was a Punjabi who had settled here, and as soon as I stepped out of the car It felt more like Gurdaspur than Gwalior So, VC, where are you from? Mumbai or Gwalior? Mumbai Very nice, do you speak Punjabi? Yes, full Punjabi Before we could get started with dinner, I was reminded Why Mr. Bhadoriya is such a figure of influence in these parts He isn’t just a friend to farmerss and land owners here But a lot of times, he was was their only saviour The Gadariya gang had spread such terror in this area In the evening, people were afraid to even have women on the bus On the way from Gwalior to the interiors The campaign that these people led against the daakus Cathing them, killing them There was an economic boom in the area after the gangs were cleared out No, no, it was only possible with your help You were very helpful Come, let’s eat It was finally time to eat, and my host decided to give me a 101 on what was on my plate This is called country chicken This is called kadaknaath This is quite rare You won’t get it in the city You will only get it in the villages And we take some desi dry fruits, sugarcane juice and clove and cardamom extract And make it into a drink What is this drink called? We call it ‘mrut-sanjeevani-sura’ If an officer gets shot Put two drops in his mouth, and he will be revived He will at least make it to the hospital With the food talk behind us, I finally decided to ask him what exactly went down in the jungles of Hastinapur On 16 November, 2002 The same encounter where a bullet almost took his life It was a chance encounter We were after a gang And after trekking for about 30km, we finally reached the spot Where the informer told us they would either be inside the house There was a hut nearby Or in the fields We didn’t know for sure So we did a full scan of the area And saw a woman and her daughter there We didn’t want them to become casualties So we went in to get them out We were spotted while bringing them out The gang was hiding in the house And they started firing immediately One of them snuck around behind me and fired. That’s when I was hit The bullet hit me, but I didn’t realise it I asked Jitin if he had been hit He said no And that’s when my legs gave way and I fell The gang was still firing So I shot off a volley with my AK-47 And killed two of them right there From there, it took us at least 4 hours to get to the hospital If we had taken any more time… My pulse had dropped to 30-35 That’s when I decided I will not spare a single one They had shot me And if I couldn’t protect myself, how would I protect the general public? That’s when I was inspired to wipe them out completely Recounting the 2002 encounter fired up Mr. Bhadoriya, but it wasn’t just our conversation that was getting heated Is it getting hot out here? Shall we sit inside? No, no, light a bonfire Bring out the sweets and peanuts! Sir, you have killed so many dacoits When they are dying, what are their last requests? The requests are different in different areas When we had an encounter with the Hazrat gang One of the dacoits was shot He was their shooter – Makkhan Singh Rawat When I saw he was still alive, I called for a cease fire And told my men to get him to a hospital quickly He said “Please listen to me,” “Don’t take me to a hospital, I’m going to die” I asked him what his last request was And promised if it was in our power, we would do it He said “My last request is that you twirl my moustache” “When the photo is printed, people should say that Makkhan Singh’s moustache was perfectly twirled” So I called two of my men over And got them to quickly twirl his moustache Then I said, “Makkhan, photo!” And he said, “Yes!” The photo was taken, and he passed away soon after Sir, what do we have for dessert? This area has a lot of desserts But the speciality is maleeda Maleeda is made from a wheat, corn or millet roti Add some ghee (clarified butter), an equal amount of jaggery And mash it and eat Punjabis are set after sundown! If you eat maleeda here, you will have a good time, even at midnight! Put some maleeda there Let him taste it How is it? Huh? Do you get this in Mumbai? Put some here too The ghee here is different, the flavour is something else altogether You will never get this anywhere else So this is called ‘Maleeda’, it’s somewhat like ‘Churri’ that you get in Punjab It’s very pure… It transports you back to Punjab It’s one of the purest things I’ve eaten in a while It’s perhaps better than the meal Just as I was about to ask Mr. Bhadoriya If he ever felt remorse for all the encounter killings This happened This was a deja-vu moment for me As the same thing had happened in my conversation with the daakus a few days back It also made me realise how difficult it is sometimes To tell one side of the law from the other in Chambal We thought there was some disturbance there, just wanted to make sure there are no goons around That’s why he fired. It’s okay Sir, have you ever felt that after killing so many people Have you ever felt bad or regretted it? Once, yes. When was that? During an encounter with Raghubir Gadariya There was a small-time criminal with them He had just a couple of cases against him When the firing began, he fired as well He was shot I felt bad then He had a couple of cases against him But he got mixed up with the gang “When the bulls fight, the crops suffer” A lot of other things get crushed with the sugarcane These are sayings in the village here So I told myself it’s ok Do you think in today’s day and age, there is an alternative to encounters So that people don’t die Today’s dacoits have a very mean mentality It was better before Back then, they respected women, touched their feet, gave them money Treated them like their sisters, and wouldn’t do anything bad Today, the moment they see a woman, they kidnap her or try and do worse to her It’s important to punish these people There should be no cases, no course, no hearings Directly a warrant They will be judged by God himself When I first came to Chambal and decided To meet not just the bandits but their executioner as well I was hoping to find two starkly different narratives But as my time in Chambal was coming to an end, I was rapidly realising That the chalk and cheese here are not that different Morals, needs, actions and their consequences All of these are shifty and everchanging in this unforgiving region But if there was one constant in Chambal, then it, most certainly, was violence. So this was Chambal If you want me to visit more such dangerous places and meet dangerous people Visit our website 101india.com and tell me We are also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram And don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more stories My name is Doctor VC, and it’s time to move on to the next Dinner With The Dons One second… Yes, Mummy? No, I’m at home… And meet more dangerous people

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  1. Please get blue tick on your channel. I accidentally came across your channel and saw this video. Your content is very very good. You have guts to do some thing different. Please Keep it up.

  2. the saddest part is our fucking country is rich enough to give these men a basic kevlar suit and night vision glasses. but i cant compare with usa . still bad ass lot

  3. isne aisa roadshow Kia ki BC 2 hour ki bus journey 5 hour m Hui…. US din dum SE chlwaya isne .. ab to ye bhi neta bn Na chah rha h

  4. You guys are doing a great work man…The kind of reporting you guys do is phenomenal…Anytime lyf gives me a chance I'll surely work wid you guys…

  5. Asli Dabaang!!! My ex belonged from the royal family of Gwalior and I had heard a lot of true mind numbing events from her about this brave man… but due to his attitude…. nidar, corruption free, blunt on the face, he didn't get promoted up the ranks but the fact remains that the daakus of chambal truly feared this Sher!!! Jai Hind!!!

    Luv from Sydney

  6. jis desh me kasab ko bhi nyayik prakriya se fasi mili waha pe bhajoria ji ka ye kehana ki dokuo ko mar dena hi unka ant hai galat hai. unako dakuo ko pakdaneki koshish karni chahiye marne ki nahi rakesh maria bhi kasab ko goli mar dete to unse koi sawal nahi hota par ye karna loktnra nahi tha eisi liye kasab ko court me fasi mili….marna solution hota to ab tak daku khatam ho jate ..

  7. Hey ! 1o1 india team …You guys r doing great work , All interview are really good , liked ur work and dedication to bring something new everytime…. Goodluck for the upcoming videos
    N One more thing ..Can I also join ur Team ??😅

  8. you guy say the fucking city are you educated .
    or do you think that you are some one super it's a blaring insult to all gwaliorites.
    first you unconditionally apologize you stupid fellow.

  9. keep it up guys, you make me feel I am back in India. I grew up in MP and just listening to the people of mine was nostalgic AF.
    Pl keep making videos like this which portrays India.

  10. u r simply amazing buddy, the narration i soooo good, one needs to have balls to have fancy time with such vast cultures and dangerous people, but it proves as wel all r humans from inside, keep d good work buddy, best of luck

  11. Sorry to see that out Policemen are hunting for Bandits without bulletproof jackets, night vision or any other modern gadgets.

  12. 101 India is the best YouTube channel I have seen in recent times .It has some great content and realistic stories.l am a big fan of this channel and hope to see much interesting videos like this

  13. my daughter is a big fan of yours. she told me to watch your videos. please say hi to her. this will be her birthday gift. her name is Meenakshi.

  14. Hey please avoid including any details about informant's and there whereabouts. There life can be at risk and I am sure police needs them the most.

  15. To be honest, its not easy to get these interviews and info from these peeps..man..u guys are doing an outstanding job by making these series!🤗

  16. I dnt think is a proud thing to kill someone whether he/she is bad or good.This both apply for the police and bandits.

  17. I don’t know for how many years I am using YouTube but I never regret to subscribing this channel and the bar which this channel has raised its like take you to the parallel universe of YouTube where everybody wants to go but few discover such universe. Great work men great

  18. Thanks for the video anyways!
    Par tum vo chuimui ho jisko agar keeda kaat jaye to ui maa ui maa karke hosh kho bethe
    Can’t be fit in this fucking city – You hypocrite sperm, how many times have you been to Gwalior! Do you even know how many people are fit and what is the ratio!
    Gwalior ko fucking city bolne wale tum jese chuimui londe londai pe kalank hein!

  19. Why did you stop making?? Could you please start shooting more episodes. People love these. Please bro!! Thanks!!

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