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Do you know this 1857 hero?

His name conjures up images of valour and sacrifice. The name also puts Hyderabad on the map of India's First War of Independence. But how many of us know this great patriot who, along with several others, rebelled against the English Resident, Major Cuthbert Davidson. He nearly did a Mangal Pandey, taking the battle to the British Resident's opulent mansion, Residency or Koti, now Osmania University College for Women where a tiny road is named after him. To mark the revolt of 1857, a memorial with the words 'Memorial to the martyrs of July 17, 1857' was constructed near Koti bus stand. The uprising was led by him after a meeting at Mecca Masjid  under fiery preacher, Maulvi Allauddin (who preached revolt in his Friday sermon), along with 500 Rohillas, of Afghan descent and Arab rebels.

They took up positions in two houses belonging to moneylenders Abban Saheb and Jaigopal Das and opened fire at the Residency. Then the brought down the walls Azim Ali Khan's house and tore off the hinges of the entrance near Putli Bowli as their comrades gave covering fire from the two double-storied houses. Housed inside the prison in the Residency was another of their comrades Jamedar Cheeda Khan. Essentially, the revolt was to free Jamedar Cheeda Khan, who was held in the prison inside the Residency.

Sniper attacks continued for three days and there were casualties on British side. The Nizam threw his weight behind the British and repulsed the attack. Khan's forces were outnumbered and he was taken to prison and received a life sentence. He was to be deported to ‘Kala Pani’ in the Andamans but he escaped from custody. However, the canny patriot managed to escape from prison on January 8, 1859. Immediately after the escape, the British authorities offered a reward of Rs. 5,000 to anyone who could apprehend him.

Within a few days, many believe that it was on January 24, 1859, when he was shot in the forest of Toopran by Talukdar Mirza Qurban Ali Baig. As a reward, the Talukdar received Rs. 5,000 and his salary was also raised by Rs. 200. He was also promoted as Sadar Talukdar, say historical accounts. His body was brought to Hyderabad and according to several historical accounts was dragged and hung near the Residency, what is now Koti Women's College, for public display and to act as a deterrent against any future rebellion.

Moulvi Allaudin was caught near Mangalampally and was sentenced to Andaman Islands where he died in 1884. The houses of Abban Saheb and Jaigopal Das were blown away after the mutiny.

A Martyrs Memorial, comprising a pylon was installed in a park right in front of the Residency. As India celebrates 156th anniversary of First War of Independence, the place where the key revolutionary was imprisoned remains out of memory's pale. (References: Reports appeared in The Hindu)

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This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2015 on page no. 22

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