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This State will Soon Get a Museum to Showcase Tales of some Dreaded Dacoits
The museum is being set up in six-seven rooms at the Police Lines in Bhind. So far, police personnel have donated Rs 3 lakh for it, Singh said.
New Delhi: In a first of its kind, the state of Madhya Pradesh will soon get an unique museum that will showcase the tales of some of the dreaded dacoits who ruled the Chambal region of the state. The upcoming museum will reveal life stories dacoit-turned-MP Phoolan Devi, bandit Malkhan Singh and athlete-turned-dacoit Paan Singh Tomar among others and also about the efforts of police to curb the bandit menace will be showcased at a museum in Bhind district, officials said.
The state police personnel are donating money for setting up of the museum, which is likely to open next month, said Bhind Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Singh. He said, “So far, the dacoits of Chambal belt have been glorified. Now, it is the turn of the victims and policemen who fought the menace to be brought into limelight.”
“There has been a general perception that some people turned dacoits out of despair. The ordeal of victims of the bandit menace has not come to light. Besides, the police force heroes who fought the bandits have remained unsung. All this would be brought to the public domain in the museum,” he said.
With this initiative, the state police want to drive home the point that violence never pays, he said.
“The museum will have a database of more than 40 policemen and officers who lost their lives in eliminating dacoits from Chambal. Their photographs and medals will be displayed,” said Deputy Inspector General of Police, Chambal Range, Rajesh Hingankar said.
A documentary is also going to be made to showcase the lives of dacoits and their victims, he said. The museum is being set up in six-seven rooms at the Police Lines in Bhind. So far, police personnel have donated Rs 3 lakh for it, Singh said.
“We want youth of the Chambal area to shun guns and violence,” he added.
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