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The mystery object this week was the Bagh Naka, Hindi for “Tiger’s claw” which is an ancient Indian weapon. Poisoned Bagh Naka were used by the Rajput clans for assassination and later became associated with the Thugs, semi-religious bandits and murderers. Bands of Thugs would mix with groups of travellers before murdering them during a night time stop and disposing of the bodies, often down a nearby well. Bagh Naka were used on occasion to make the murders look like a tiger attack.

TITLE: MANNER OF USING THE WAGNUK
DATE 1852
ACCESSION NUMBER: BRITISH LIBRARY HMNTS 10055 E.4.
SOURCE/PHOTOGRAPHER: IMAGE EXTRACTED FROM PAGE 131 OF LIFE IN BOMBAY, AND THE NEIGHBOURING OUT-STATIONS, ETC…, BY GRAY, JAMES – OF BOMBAY. ORIGINAL HELD AND DIGITISED BY THE BRITISH LIBRARY.
THIS WORK IS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN IN ITS COUNTY OF ORIGIN AND OTHER COUNTRIES AND AREAS WHERE THE COPYRIGHT TERM IS THE AUTHOR’S LIFE PLUS 70 YEARS OR LESS.