Whoa! Former bandits are being recruited to give guided tours to tourists in an effort to boost visitors to a crime-infested area of
Tourism chiefs in Rajasthan believe the chance to experience the legends of notorious criminals will draw in thousands of tourists, reports the Daily Telegraph
While banditry is widespread in
Phoolan Devi, known as the “Bandit Queen” who murdered many high caste Indians was so popular that she was elected as a member of parliament after her release from jail, and her story was turned into a hit film.
Under the Rajasthan scheme, recently surrendered bandits, or dacoits, will entertain visitors under the watchful eye of government officials.
They will be taken to bandit-infested areas in the
“The very idea of having the morning cuppa with a bandit on the banks of the Chamal will appeal to tourists,” said one travel industry source.
Last month, one of the area’s most feared bandits, Deep Chand, alias Nadia, was shot-dead in a gun fight with police.