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In Hindi the word Bhantu Samaj is said to mean different.[clarification needed] They were one of the many nomadic groups in found in North India. The Bhantu claim to be Rajput soldiers in the army of Maharana Pratap, who after his defeat at the hands of the Mughal Emperor Akbar dispersed into forests. Their the community took up dacoity and theft. During the period of British, they were notified under the Criminal Tribes Act. Many were exiled to the Andaman Islands. In 1952, they were allowed to return to Uttar Pradesh, and many were settled in Shekhupur village in Badaun District. They are now found mainly in the districts of Moradabad, Kanpur, and Kheri.
The Bhantu were traditionally a nomadic community involved with in dacoity and robbery. Most Bhantus are now settled, and are employed in goverment services. A small number are petty traders as well. The community is Hindu, and their tribal deity is Sherawali Mataji.
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