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'Dacoits are sitting in Parliament', says Balwant Singh Tomar

These leaders and MLAs who are sitting in Parliament wearing khaadi, have filled their bellies with money earned with corruption. No road in Gwalior is in good shape.

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi ChaturvediBy Sakshi Chaturvedi

Published on 24 Nov 2018 10:24 AM GMT

Dacoits are sitting in Parliament, says Balwant Singh Tomar
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Bhopal: Balwant Singh Tomar, the nephew of infamous dacoit Paan Singh Tomar shared many things about him and his uncle's life.

Talking to media, Tomar said that the thing which troubles him the most about the 'current government' is corruption.

He also said that rebels are found in ravines and dacoits are sitting in parliament.

Tomar said, "Rebels are found in the ravines, and dacoits are sitting in Parliament. These leaders and MLAs who are sitting in Parliament wearing khaadi, have filled their bellies with money earned with corruption. No road in Gwalior is in good shape. Where does all the allotted money go? The road isn’t made, but the bill is passed already. Roads are already made but only on paper, and the authorities also get paid for it."

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Tomar who has served a decade-long term in jail is now living a peaceful life with his family.

He shared one of the incidents which turned his life, "What I tell you is the truth because I am the only survivor of the 14 people who died in the encounter. Around 10,000 policemen surrounded us, and did firing that lasted for 13-and-a-half hours. Only I survived. After that, I operated the gang in my name and ran it for a further two-and-a-half years.”

Balwant Singh Tomar accused the makers of the film Paan Singh Tomar of showing incomplete life history of his uncle.

He said, "The makers [of the film] didn’t pay me anything, or the family of Paan Singh Tomar any money. I gave them the interview, lived in the forest with them for 5 months. They did the shooting and promised to pay me 40 lakhs, but gave me only 2 lakhs. I refused."

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Why did Balwant pick up arms/ weapons?

Balwant picked the arms at the age of 22. He was forced to become a dacoit as everyone refused to listen and understand about the land-grab issues he and his family faced.

Tomar said, "“There was a dispute about a land ownership in the village. I talked to the SP collector, and presented my case in panchayat, maha panchayat before 2,000 people. Yet, I wasn’t given justice.”

Hr added, "No one likes to be away from his family. I was forced to pick the gun and live in a forest for eight-and-a-half years like a rebel. I surrendered before the CM and spent almost 10 years in jail. In 1993, I was released from jail and since then, I have been farming and living peacefully with my family.”

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi Chaturvedi

A journalist, presently working as a Sub-Editor at newstrack.com.

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