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Man Singh (dacoit) Bio


Man Singh (known as "Daku Maan Singh", meaning Dacoit Maan Singh, dacoit translated in Hindi as Daku) (died 1955) was a notorious dacoit, or bandit, born in Agra to a Rajput Family. Popularly known as Thakur Man Singh, Man Singh's ancestors were famous Rajput Kings who once owned their own kingdom. In the late 19th century. Daku Man Singh lived in the village of Khera Rathore in the Chambal region of India, where a maze of deep ravines and scrub forests hid generations of outlaws since the 13th century [1]. Between 1939 and 1955 Man Singh is credited with 1,112 robberies and 185 murders (including the killing of 32 police officers). Man Singh headed a gang of 17, most of them his brothers and nephews, who were unchallenged in the Chambal Valley. The police registered over 100 cases against him, ranging from kidnapping to murder, until he and his son, Subedar Singh, were shot dead by Gurkha troops in 1955 while sitting under a banyan tree in Kakekapura [2] or Bhind, Madhya Pradesh[3]. Dr S.N. Subba Rao heard the dreaded Man Singh speak on stage in 1953 at a public function in Chambal. “I was surprised to hear him speak. He was totally unlike what I had read about him in the papers. Though on the peak of his popularity or notoriety, he was respectful and humble. I was impressed with the contradiction he presented. The government wanted him dead with a big inam (reward) on his head and here he was standing before the adoring public."[4] A Robin Hood figure who once performed essential social services in hard times and adjudicated local issues, today Man Singh has a temple in his honor in Khera Rathore. "They were men who fought for the family honour. They are bagis [or rebels]. There is no difference between a bagi and a sadhu", says Dipankar, a Chambal resident who says he regularly comes to worship at the Man Singh temple[3]. Successors The Successors of Late Thakur Man Singh are presently living at Khera Rathore near the river Chambal. His Grand Son Tehsildar Singh (who was also a famous dacoit of Chambal along with contemporaries such as Daku Madho Singh, Mohar Singh, Chhidda Makhan ) is presently living with his family as surrendered dacoit at Sheopur of Chambal Valley, near the Morena Commissionary. Real Hero with a Title of Chambal Ka Sher Local inhabitants of Chambal, especially the Rajput Community of Chambal Vally referred to Thakur Man Singh as "Chambal Ka Sher" (Lion of The Chambal). There are many Folk Songs and Folk Drama (Noutanki Play) based on the stories of Thakur Man Singh and peoples of Chambal Play these Noutanki as Play of God and sung his songs, Folk Songs as Alha, Chalisa, Barahmasi etc. Famous Indian Author and Book Writer/Editor of Gwalior Times Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar "Anand" says About Man Singh, The person who never done crime, who was real king of Social Justice and peace, now is not between us but inhabitants of Chambal can't forget him like a King of Justice Peace. Songs about him "Rasta Chalta Koi Nahin Loota, Na Bahino Se Chheene Haar" "Jo Bhi Mila So Baant Diya, Bahino Ko Pahinaye Bhaat".

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