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Daroghas (Urdu: دروغا‎) were police officials in the Mughal Empire and the British Raj.[1] Daroghas answered to district magistrates who were in charge of areas at least 100 square miles (26,000 ha; 64,000 acres); because the magistrates were responsible for such a large area, the daroghas were normally the most powerful local authorities.[2] In some cases, daroghas were in charge of factories.[3] Descendents of daroghas continue to apply this title before or after their names. Two prominent examples include Darogha Ubbas Alli and Mohra Darogha.


  1. ^ Shah Mahmoud Hanifi (2011). Connecting Histories in Afghanistan: Market Relations and State Formation on a Colonial Frontier. Stanford University Press. p. 142. ISBN 0-8047-7411-0. 
  2. ^ Louis A. Knafla (2002). Crime, Gender, and Sexuality in Criminal Prosecutions 17. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 113. ISBN 0-313-31013-0. 
  3. ^ Mohibbul Hasan (2005). Waqai-i manazil-i Rum: Tipu Sultan's mission to Constantinople. Aakar Books. p. 14. ISBN 81-87879-56-4.