from The Century Dictionary.
- noun See
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- noun historical The leader of a
kotor fortin medieval India.
- noun The local
rulerof an Indian townand its surrounding area.
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Under native rule the kotwal was the chief of police in important towns, and the central police office in some towns is still called the kotwali after him.
In certain parts of India he is known as the kotwal -- the official who stands forth to the poor as the impersonation of the might and majesty of the British raj. "
One kotwal, a Naib, four jemadars and twenty six chupprassies with an additional five men for the protection of the charsook is the entire police force of the City.
In this case and many others Abd al-Rahman relied on the local kotwal or magistrate and his deputy the naib kotwal to execute his orders.
This was produced, but the _kotwal_ besought the _sahibs_ to move on without delay, telling them that their lives were in imminent danger, as there was a rebel regiment in the town, and he was quite unable to protect them.
A hakeem, or physician, and an astrologer, both in the Moslem style of dress, were seated close together, legs crossed beneath them; while a little apart were two Hindus, as the caste marks on their foreheads showed, a tax-collector from the country and a kotwal, or city magistrate.
Saying this, the kotwal uncrossed his legs and rose erect.
The kotwal of the district made an investigation, but I held my own counsel, and spoke not one word about the Ganapati or the blue diamonds.
In some villages there are still to be found both a kotwal and
The prince directed the kotwal and the policeman to the place where he had left the vizier's son, and there they found the fakir with his eyes shut and engaged in prayer.