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

Pandey was born in Rattuchak, a village in Ballia District of Uttar Pradesh in a Bhumihar Brahmin (zameedar) family.

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. There is a crossroads also on the name of Chittu Pandey.


  1. ^ "August Kranti : Ballia". Archived from the original on 27 October 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  2. ^ Book- India's Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra