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Tantya Bhil saga relived at Patalpani

DNIND5069 | 12/5/2011 | Author : DNA Correspondent | WC :228

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The saga of the legendary revolutionary Tantya Bhil was relived at Patalpani with hundreds of tribals flocking to pay respects to the martyr on Sunday. The local administration had organised first fair in his memory. Industries Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya announced that the fair would be held for a period of three-days from next year onwards.
Tantya was sentenced by the court in Jabalpur to be hanged on October 19, 1889. It is generally believed that after hanging him, his body was thrown near Kalapani railway station on Khandwa rail route. Even today all the train drivers stop the train for a moment as a mark of respect to Tantya Mama. Ignorance of the general public about Tantya Bhil was evident during the fair. A majority of them had not heard his name.
Nevertheless, the holiday revelers got an added attraction on visit to Patalpani.
The state government has instituted a `1 lakh Tantya Bhil award encouraging tribal talents in education and sports. Recently, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan renamed Khandwa jail after the martyr as he had been lodged here for some time.
Producer-director Mukesh RK Chouksey who has directed a film on Tantya Bhil was present on the occasion. The film will be released in seven languages.

Photo Caption: Industries minister Kailash Vijayvargiya pays obeisance to revolutionary tribal leader Tantya Bhil during a fair at Patalpani on Sunday

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