The area of Lateri in present-day Madhya Pradesh was once ruled by the Sengars. 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 troop of sepoys to quell them, but the Sengars attacked the marching sepoys on Great Deccan Road and several were killed. The Sengars then plundered the area. Siddiqui considers this act of attacking British forces to be a part of the movement for independence of India.
The Sengars' reputation as warriors originated in the Lodi era when they safeguarded their territories against the Delhi Sultanate and fought against Babur. They also remained one important segment of population when land reforms were carried out by Akbar in the Indo-Gangetic plains of Northern India.[page needed] They also fought against the British while maintaining their land rights and territorial regime in areas of Lakhnesar or Baliya in the nineteenth century.[page needed]
In the 18th and early 19th centuries, the Sengars were among those communities that practised infanticide and, in particular, female infanticide in Bundelkhand, an area that is now split between the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
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