As the residents of the village in Uttar Pradesh, where the famous Pandas lived, came to be known for their elaborate garlands and colorful costumes, they had become an unlikely tourist attraction.
The Pandas had arrived in Delhi in the 1920s to be used in the film, “Pandas of Delhi,” and the village had already become a tourist attraction in the early 1990s.
The famous pandas were given new homes by the then prime minister Indira Gandhi and later, in 1998, when the film was released, the pandas became part of the backdrop of the cityscape, with their distinctive garlands, head-coverings and long noses.
But the panders became a subject of public ridicule when a group of young men who worked as entertainers at the time, dubbed the “Panda Society” for their colorful costumes and extravagant costumes, took part in a party at the village.
They wore long tails and short hair, wore elaborate garland patterns on their heads and on their feet and sometimes they even danced to popular music.
When the villagers of the neighbourhood, who had long been poor, complained about the noise and littering, they attacked the panderers, who also got into a scuffle.
Some villagers, who were from the lower castes and did not have the money to pay for police protection, even threw stones at the pandering men, who are still being tried for assaulting a police officer.
The villagers of Chhatrapati Shivaji Park, near the spot where the panderer was attacked, were not amused.
They started taking up arms and fighting back, forcing the pandickers to flee.
The police were not able to prevent them and the Pandas were eventually found safe in a nearby park.
But then, in 2001, a group from the village set fire to a large number of pandering houses and vehicles.
After a week of fighting, the Panders had managed to free themselves from the fire, but some villagers decided to go to the police station to file a complaint against the pandered men.