The area of Lateri in present-day Madhya Pradesh was once ruled by the Sengars, whose livelihood was derived primarily from looting and plundering and was reflected in the name of their capital, Looteri. In what is now Uttar Pradesh, the principal town of the Lakhnesar pargana during the medieval period was Rasra. When the Sengars opposed British activities in 1812, Colonel Martindell came with a troupe of sepoys to quell them, but the Sengars attacked the marching sepoys on Great Deccan Road and several sepoys were killed. The Senegars then plundered the area. This act of attacking British forces by Sengars is categorised as a part of freedom movement.
In eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Bundelkhand, an area that is now split between the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, the Sengars were among those communities that practised infanticide and, in particular, female infanticide.
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