Thuggee and Dacoity Department

The Thuggee and Dacoity Department was an organ of the East India Company,[1] and inherited by British India, which was established in 1830[2] with the mission of addressing dacoity (banditry), highway robbery, and particularly the Thuggee cult of robbers.

Among the Department's more recognised members was Colonel William Sleeman, who headed the outfit from 1835–39 and is known as the man who eliminated the Thuggee.[2]

In 1874, Sir Edward Bradford, 1st Baronet was made General Superintendent of the Thuggee and Dacoit Department.

The department existed until 1904, when it was replaced by the Central Criminal Intelligence Department.[3]


  1. ^ Parama Roy (1998). Indian Traffic: Identities in Question in Colonial and Postcolonial India. University of California Press. pp. 41–. ISBN 978-0-520-91768-2. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b Giriraj Shah (1 January 1993). Image Makers: An Attitudinal Study of Indian Police. Abhinav Publications. pp. 52–. ISBN 978-81-7017-295-6. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  3. ^ Floriana Ciccodicola (2012). Practicing Anthropology in Development Processes. Edizioni Nuova Cultura. pp. 210–. ISBN 978-88-6134-791-5. Retrieved 24 August 2013.