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Paan Singh Tomar Encounter

April 21, 2013 divider image

He came – He spoke – He conquered! That was Mr Vijay Raman (retd IPS) re-living the saga of Paan Singh Tomar for our members on the 18th of April. What for others may be a just a way to earn a living – he lived his role as a a guardian of the law to the hilt.

In a run up to the incident he revealed the challenges faced by a newcomer in reading the law of the land- the infamous Chambal ki Ghati, infested by the likes of Phoolan Devi, Malkaan Singh, and Paan Singh gangs. At play were also the caste equations, the psyche of the informers and the transformation of a simple villager into a Baghi. He is revolting against the lawlessness of a few and with no legal recourse in sight – he takes up the gun .

And so it was that in 1981 with a tip from an informer – a force of 140 policemen encircled Ratiyon ka Pura. Eleven of these with Vijay Raman leading them, infiltrated the village,and in the crossfire that lasted overnight Paan Singh was felled. But a congratulatory call from Mr Madhavrao Scindia brought home the awareness of a weakness in our system.that needs to be addressed.

Mr Raman signed off with a promise to return to tell us about his record breaking drive around the earth in a Contessa which took him into the Guiness’ book and Limca book of records!

– Sheela Singhee




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