Anand Pal Singh – a Criminal or a Robinhood ?

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Anand Pal Singh Chauhan (also known as Pappu), a very familiar and well known name in the states of Rajasthan, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and in some parts of Uttar Pradesh. Anand was born and raised in Sanvrad village of Nagour district in Rajasthan.

Anand Pal was good at studies. He had a B.ED degree and he had been President of student’s union in his college. He also used to run a dairy farm and keep more than 80 cows and buffaloes. In his college days he was friends with Jeevan Ram Godara, a Jat student leader.

It was all going smooth for him until he decided to tie knots. He was a Ravna Rajput. The Rajput villagers warned him not to ride a mare in his weddings as only Rajputs were allowed to ride a mare in their marriage. He then turned to his old friend Jeevan Godara for help. Jeevan with the help of his men ensured that Anand rides the mare.

After this incident the friendship between the two blossomed by leaps and bounds.
Anand Pal’s political ambitions began to take shape in 1999-2000 when he fought the election for Panchayat Samiti member of Sanvrad village. He won and later fought the election of Pradhan of Ladnu Panchayat Samiti. He was defeated by a margin of two votes by Jagnath Burdak, the son of former Cabinet Minister Harajiram Burdak.

In November 2000, election for Ladnu Panchayat Samiti committees took place. Anand Pal and a senior Congress leader at that time came in direct conflict. A police case was lodged against him for disrupting government work when he didn’t let a contender file.

However, his supporters alleged that under pressure from senior police officers and politicians at that time, the IPC sections related to threatening, extortion and violence were added to make the case non-bailable. 37 cases of murder were filed against him in past 25 years. And the murder of Jat Mahasabha leader, Government declared him as a dreaded criminal.

Despite of being blamed as a dreaded criminal he was supported by loyal bysiders who never hesitated to sacrifice their lives for him. One more interesting fact about his lifestyle says that he was a real-life ‘Robinhood’ who took money from rich and distributed it among the poor and needy. Maybe it’s not in our law and justice to encourage such acts of kindness but whatever we say Anand Pal Singh was the ‘Robinhood’ of Rajasthan.

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