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Chittu Pandey (10 May 1865 – 1946), popularly referred to as the Shere Ballia (Lion of Ballia), was an Indian independence activist.

Pandey was born in Rattuchak, a village in Ballia District of Uttar Pradesh.

A distinguished independence activist, he led the Quit India Movement in Ballia; described as the "Tiger of Ballia" by Jawaharlal Nehru and Subhas Chandra Bose,[1] he headed the National Government declared and established on 19 August 1942 for a few days before it was suppressed by the British. The parallel government succeeded in getting the Collector to hand over power and release all the arrested Congress leaders.[2] But within a week, soldiers marched in and the leaders had to flee. He used to call himself a Gandhian.


  1. ^ August Kranti : Ballia at the Wayback Machine (archived 27 October 2009)
  2. ^ Book- India's Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra