Bishe Dakat was born in a family of agricultural labourers belonging to the Bagdi caste in the village of Gadrabhatchhali in the district of Nadia. In his early life he had a failed romance with the daughter of a local tough and vowed to avenge it on the latter. He raised a gang of his own and engaged in banditry. Himself a swordsman of calibre, he had several of them at his command to go with lathials, kalir paiks, and experts in the possible tricks of the trade. He was formidable, fearless and heroic. He never attacked the weak or the unarmed. He committed dacoity only after he had notified the person with a letter duly signed by him. Even though he was a bandit, he was a patriot at heart. While he robbed the wealthy, he was benevolent towards the poor, women and children. He earned the respect of the masses though his charitable deeds and humane nature. Bishe Dakat was a very handsome man and according to some traditions he was somewhat of a dandy. He used to adorn gold jewellery and travel in palanquins. In his letters he used to sign off as Biswanath Babu, a self-appellation he used, an epithet that he truly deserved. Though he was primarily based in Nadia, his domain included the districts of Murshidabad, Jessore, 24 Parganas and even Burdwan. There are numerous tales of his exploits which can be heard even today. The most famous of them and the one that finally brought his downfall was the sack of an indigo factory ran by a Britisher, one Samuel Fady. So long as the British interests weren't directly harmed, the Britishers didn't care about him. It was after this very incident, that the British administration began an hot pursuit after him, till he was finally caught. He was tried and executed for his offence in 1808.
The history of northern, central and eastern Bengal is studied with the names of notorious and outlawed dacoits who roamed the hills in the name of Kali, robbing the rich, comforting the poor, and in general spreading terror and rough justice. In 18th century, there flourished a notorious dacoit, Raghu, for whose capture Government had offered a handsome reward. But like Robin Hood of old, Raghu Dacoit had caught popular fancy by his generosity to the poor. Though he looted the rich, to the needy, the famine-stricken and widows he was always kind. No one would inform against him. The person actually became so popular that with his name we do have a place called Raghunathpur. Raghu Dakat r Kalibari is located in Kanchrapara.