Hello Readers! Welcome back to The Elite Indian. Dacoits are the ones who commit all sorts of crime like murder, robbery, kidnapping etc. Chambal is well known for the existence of many dacoits and nobody can visit those places because of their fear. Let’s know more about the dacoits of the Chambal.
So let’s quickly check out the Indian dacoits who made Chambal a fearsome area
1. Maan Singh
Maan Singh was active from the year 1935 to 1955, he killed 185 people out of which 32 were police officers and committed 1,112 robberies. He worked and operated from Chambal along with his sons, nephews, and brothers. He was referred to as the’ Robin Hood’ of the area because he always helped the local people in and around his village. In the year 1955 he along with his son, Subedar was shot dead by Gurkha troops. Now, he is worshipped as a god in Khera Rathore.
2. Phoolan Devi
Phoolan Devi was born in a poverty struck family and was the youngest child in her family. She was married at the age of 10 to a man who was 12 years elder than him, he was very abusive and used to rape her, she used to run away from him and used to come back to her paternal’s place. Her in-laws then refused to accept her for the second time when she ran away. She then joined the bandits at Chambal and then she killed her husband along with some bandits, her fearsome started off from then. The gang of which she was a part saw a clash between the mullahs and Thakurs and then Phoolan was kidnapped by the Thakurs and was raped many times by several men. When she was set free by them, then she returned and killed 22 Thakurs with her gang. In 1983, Phoolan Devi surrendered and when she was released in the year 1996, she joined politics. On 25th July 2001, she was killed by 3 men in Delhi.
3. Paan Singh Tomar
Due to some land disputes, Paan Singh Tomar had to become a dacoit, otherwise, he was a subedaar at Roorkee with Bengal Engineers. He was a national champion in the steeplechase for about 7 years and his record in 3000-meter steeplechase remained unbroken for about 10 years. When Paan Singh Tomar got into a land dispute over his land with a man named Babu Singh who assaulted his mother, he turned into a dacoit and killed Babu Singh. Tomar was killed along with his members by 60 police officers.
4. Putli Bai
Putli Bai was the first woman dacoit of India, earlier she used to dance for livelihood. Once she was kidnapped by Sultana, a dacoit and was then returned after a few days. When police pressurized her to act as an informant, she turned her ways towards the dacoit. Eventually, she fell in love with Sultana Daku and had two children with him, but when Sultana was killed by some authorities, Putli Bai killed the man who was responsible for that. She then became the leader of the gang and started operating from Chambal. Putli Bai was responsible for a number of murders, kidnapping, and robberies. She was shot dead with her lover Kalla while they were trying to cross the river to escape from the police hunt.
5. Malkhan Singh
Malkhan Singh became a dacoit when the sarpanch in his village captured the temple land. When Malkan tried to oppose him for doing so, the sarpanch got his close friend killed and had him arrested and the police also wouldn’t do anything against the sarpanch. In retaliation, he became a dacoit and ended him. In 1982, Malkhan Singh along with his gang surrendered all their crimes and now he is running panchayat polls.
6. Jagjivan Parihar
Once Jagjivan killed the head of Brahmin family after which he joined the bandit Salim Gujjar. Soon when conflicts started between him and Gujjar, he started his own gang. He was supported by Thakur community, which was a big political force because of which police couldn’t do anything against Jagjivan.On March 2007, Jagjivan was killed in an encounter and police used hand grenades to chase him and his men down.
7. Rambabu and Dayaram Gadariya
Rambabu and Dayaram were brothers who used to operate in secrecy and were called Gang Target One by MP police. This gang was founded by Raghubir Gadariya when his wife left him for another man, he then killed his wife and her lover and started this gang with his five nephews Rambabu, Vijay, Pratap, Gopal and Dayaram. In 1999, Raghubir was killed with three other people of his gang and later in 2000 the rest were captured but in 2001 they managed to escape from the bus. Later Dayaram was killed in an encounter in 2006 and Rambabu in 2007.
8. Sultana Daku
Sultana Daku was born in a Muslim Bhantu clan of criminal, he was a dangerous dacoit who terrorized all and operated from Chambal. He was the one who kidnapped Putli Bai once and later fell in love with her and had two kids with her. He was a pain for the Britishers but was loved by all in his village because he always helped them out. Once he looted a British raj train and distributed the loot amongst the poor people. When he was captured and sentenced to be hanged by Britishers, an officer named Freddie Young tried his level best to save him but couldn’t so Sultana asked him to raise his son as a sahib. Freddie kept his word and had sent him England to study. In 1924 Sultana was hanged till death.
9. Nirbhay Gujjar
Nirbhay Gujjar was also known as ‘Baagi’ in the Chambal area. He was also well-known for having many female bandits in his gang like Seema Parihar, Chamko, Sarala Jatav, Munni Pandey and Neelam. Nirbhay had a weak point for women and had four wives out of which three were kidnapped by him, he had also kidnapped other women who later became bandits in his gang. He was gunned down by police officers on November 8, 2005.
10. Seema Parihar
Seema Parihar was born in a very poor family in UP and at the age of 13 she was abducted by dacoits named Kusuma Nian and Lala Ram. She then became a dacoit herself and married Nirbhay Singh Gujjar in 1986. She killed almost 70 people, kidnapped more than 200 and robbed around 30 houses under her leadership. Seema then surrendered in 2000 and later showed interest in politics and joined Indian Justice Party in 2008 and also joined the Samajwadi party in 2008. She appeared in ‘BIGG BOSS’ and also has a movie based on her life named ‘Wounded-The Bandit Queen’.