Shiv Kumar, also known by the alias Dadua, led one of the few remaining bands of outlaws who for centuries have roamed central India, and whose exploits have been romanticized in several Bollywood movies.
Thought to be in his 60s, Kumar was wanted in connection with more than 200 cases of kidnapping, extortion and murder and had a reward on his head of Indian rupees 500,000 (US$12,300; €8,950), a small fortune in this region.
"After a fierce battle, in which (the bandits) also used sophisticated weapons, the police were able to kill Dadua. He has been identified by the villagers," said A.K. Jain, inspector general of the police special task force.
Four of his accomplices were also killed in the battle in the Chitrakoot region, about 700 kilometers (430 miles) southwest of New Delhi, Jain said.
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