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‘Save Our Land, Save Chambal’, Urges Former Dacoits to Government

Once dreaded dacoits, they are now activists urging the government to protect their land.

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The dacoits-turned-forest activists at the Jaipur event. (Photo: ANI)

“No one knows forests the way dacoits do, not even farmers. Because the forest was our home,” said Seema Parihar, a former dacoit, at a Jaipur event on Sunday, the eve of International Forest Day. She was speaking at the event which was organised by RSS swayamsewak Vishnu Lamba, reports The Indian Express.

The stage set for the event. (Photo: ANI)
The stage set for the event. (Photo: ANI)

Lamba runs the organisation Shree Kalptaru Sansthan which brought together many former dacoits like Parihar, Balwant Singh Tomar (nephew of the dreaded Pan Singh Tomar), Renu Yadav, Pancham Singh and Munna Singh Mirdha among others, for this event to appeal to the Government to protect ‘their’ land, the Chambal forests.

Once dreaded dacoits, they are now activists urging the government to protect their land. (Photo: ANI)
Once dreaded dacoits, they are now activists urging the government to protect their land. (Photo: ANI)

Pancham Singh emphasised that “If the government wants, we can stop the cutting down of trees. The government should just demarcate the boundary and permit us.”

Former dacoits at the event. (Photo: ANI)
Former dacoits at the event. (Photo: ANI)

Ramcharan Bohra, MP from Jaipur, assured them that he would forward their requests to the Rajasthan Chief Minister and also the Prime Minister. For the full story, read here.

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