This Was India’s Longest Income Tax Raid That Inspired Ajay Devgn’s New Film ‘Raid’

If you have seen the trailer of the Ajay Devgn starrer Raid, you already know what the film is about. If you haven’t, here’s the trailer. Watch it, and then read the article further. We’ll wait.

Now that you’ve seen the trailer (we’re assuming), you know that the film is based on a true incident. But which incident was it?

According to a report in India Today, on the morning of 16 July, 1981, Income Tax officials raided the house of businessman, and Congress MLA Sardar Inder Singh in Kanpur. 90 experienced Income Tax officers, under the leadership of the then Income Tax Commissioner of Lucknow, Sharda Prasad Pandey, carried out this raid. 200 police officers were also present for the safety of the Income Tax officers.

Raid
Source

This raid went on for more than 18 hours. 45 people were present, just for the counting of the notes. In all, a total of 1.6 crore Rs were recovered in cash. The other assets (gold, etc) were separate.

But this raid had happened peacefully. So what is the violence they are showing in the trailer? Well, we are guessing, that this aspect of the story has been taken from another incident, from the same decade.

There was another income tax raid on 14th September, 1989, on the factories and homes of two industrialists- paper mill owner Harish Chhabra and jewellery dealer Chitranjan Swarup. Around 88 officers were tasked with finding the black money/assets with these two gentlemen, approximated around 2 crores. The raid started normally. However, word got out that Chhabra’s assets were being raided, and he managed to get a mob to attack the income tax officials, despite the presence of police there.

A lot of Income Tax officials were brutally beaten up. A lot of them were hospitalised and some were forever paralysed. To add to the humiliation, the officers who raided Chhabra’s factory were stripped naked and beaten up.

Wonder how these dark incidents will be adapted for the big screen.