There is a lot of curiosity these days around the name Chandan Mahto, a dreaded gangster from Bihar. The gangster's life and his exploits in Bihar have been brought to the screen by producer Neeraj Pandey in the Netflix series Khakee: The Bihar Chapter. It is based on the book Bihar Diaries by IPS officer Amit Lodha.
The seven episodes of The Bihar Chapter tells the story of how IPS officer Amit Lodha chases and catches one of the most dreaded criminals of early 2000s of Bihar, Chandan Mahto.
Ever since the series dropped on Netflix on Friday, November 25, viewers have been searching about the man, Chandan Mahto.
Who is the real Chandan Mahto?
The character of Chandan Mahto is based on the real-life gangster Pintu Mahto, who was part of the Ashok Mahto gang.
The Ashok Mahto gang: This gang in Bihar was the most notorious, and its rivalry with the Akhilesh Singh gang from 1998-2006 claimed the lives around 200 people in the Nawada district of Bihar.
IPS officer Amit Lodha:
IPS Amit Lodha was the one who used his intellect to catch Pintu Mahto. Pintu was one of the most dreaded criminals and he was also wanted in the killing of Congress MP Rajo Singh. Amit, at the time of Pintu's arrest, was posted in Bihar as a Superintendent of Police.
In 2018, Amit penned down his experience in Bihar in a book called Bihar Diaries.
Amit, however, didn't name Pintu in the book but the character Vijay Samrat in the book was based on Pintu Mahto. The reason why Amit did not use Pintu's name was because of security reasons as he and his family had previously been targeted by the gang.
Lodha said during the release of his book:
Pintu was caught by Amit Lodha in 2006, from near the Satsang Colony, Deoghar in Jharkhand, where he was staying with his family.
He was handed a life-term by a court.
Pintu is currently serving his sentence in Tihar Jail, New Delhi, but one of his aides is out on bail.