197,000 (1981 census).
Chhattisgarh state: Bilaspur, Durg, and Surguja districts; Madhya Pradesh state: Chhatarpur, Chhindwara, Datia, Jabalpur, Mandla, Panna, Rewa, Sidhi, and Tikamgarh districts; Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal states.
None known. They speak a variety of Hindi [hin] (Singh and Manoharan 1993).
Devanagari script [Deva].
A Scheduled Tribe. Hindu.