Paan Singh Tomar (1932 - October 1, 1981) was an Indian athlete and a seven-time national steeplechase champion during the 1950s and 1960s. He represented India at the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo, Japan. Tomar also served in the Indian Army, and it was in the army where his talent was first recognized. After premature retirement from the army he settled back in his native village. Later he gained notoriety as a Chambal Valley dacoit when he resorted to banditry after a land feud in his village.
He was killed on October 1st, 1981 in a police ambush. A biopic, Paan Singh Tomar, was released in 2012 to much critical acclaim.
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