Once a dreaded robber in Chambal murdered around 100 people and having two crores prize money on his head is now a Rajyogi after came in contact with the Prajapita Brahmakumaris decades ago. However he still feels that there is a need of strict action like they done during their times to punish the rapists in the country.
Known as Rajyogi Panchamsingh he is spreading the message to the people taking example from his life as a dreaded robber in the ravines of Chambal. At 96 years he still remembers the time when he was known as Daku Panchamsingh and people feared listening his name.
He said no one is criminal by birth but the circumstances forced them to choose the line. Similar happened in his case when he was forced to became a daku and then starts the life of robbery, murder and spread the environment of fear in people. But he said they robbed people not to enjoy their own life but to help the weaker section of the society.
“When I was 14 years old there was Panchayat elections in my village Chhatripura and the opposite party people beat my father very badly. After the police complaint I went to the jail and out after sometime but they continue to trouble us and frustrated with the things I joined the gang of robbers in Chambal. We then reached he village and murdered six people collectively which spread the fear in nearby areas. Slowly I spread my kingdom to 25 districts and people feared me just listening my name. Government put 2 crores prize money on my head after 100 murders,” said Panchamsingh.
However the change happens from inside and he surrenderd along with his gang of 525 robbers. I put eight demands in front of Loknayak Jayprakash Narayan who was assigned the job by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The demands was accepted and they surrender in 1972 and that was historic moment of that time. His capital punishment was also called off after Loknayak Jayprakash Narayan forwarded mercy petition before the President of India.
After that he changed into Rajyogi Panchamsingh and spread the awareness in the society taking example from his own life. However his heart still feel the pain after witnessing the crime against women and he suggest the same justice for them.
“When I head the gang of robbers one of the members misbehaved with some females and I burn him live for such a crime. In today’s life also there is a need of similar type of punishment for the people do crime against women. You can burn one of two people and no one even asked and instead a fear spread in the society,” said Panchamsingh.