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After Meerut, Kanpur, Colonel Neel was sent from Banaras to convert the defeat of the British in Prayagraj into victory, which took Prayagraj once again for 11 days. For this, he committed atrocities on the people here and the revolutionaries were hanged by hanging from the Sarrah tree.
After the trumpet of revolution in Meerut, revolutionary activities intensified in all parts of the country, the British were horrified by the news of the massacre in Kanpur, at the same time in Prayagraj (then Allahabad) the revolutionaries against the British. War broke out. On 7 June 1857, the city was liberated from the British occupation and the posts of Tehsildar, Thanedar and Kotwal were given to the Indian revolutionaries. After Meerut, Kanpur, Colonel Neel was sent from Banaras to convert this defeat in Prayagraj into victory, who once again took control of Prayagraj after 11 days. For this, he committed a lot of atrocities on the people here and the revolutionaries were hanged by hanging from the Sarrah tree. Maulvi Liaquat Ali, who was the hero of the rebellion, could be arrested after many years and was sent to the Andaman jail after being sentenced to black water. However, the revolutionary activities never stopped in this city and after 1930 once again the independence movement gained momentum and the feet of the British were uprooted from here.
The flag of revolution was hoisted in Khusrobagh
The people of Prayagraj chose Maulvi Liaquat Ali as the leader of the revolution and together with the revolutionaries, he made such a strategy that the British were badly defeated in the first attack. Actually at that time the British had made the fort situated on the banks of the Ganges as their cantonment. The revolutionaries targeted it first, because it was here that the arms, ammunition and treasury of the British army were there. The good thing was that at that time the soldiers of Sixth Regiment, Native Paltan and Ferozepur Regiment Sikh Squad were stationed here. That is, at that time the number of British soldiers on the fort was less, only British officers were stationed. Liaquat Ali announced an attack on the fort on 6 June after meeting with the revolutionaries. After the victory here, the flag of revolution was hoisted in Khusrobagh.
The pandas of Prayagraj provoked the soldiers
Mangal Pandey had revolted over the fat in the cartridges, there was a revolt in Meerut too, in such a situation the pandas of Prayagraj (the ones who offered prayers at the ghat) started instigating the Indian soldiers posted in the British army. When the revolutionaries attacked the fort on 6 June 1857, seeing the enthusiasm of the revolution, the soldiers also got furious and joined the rebellion. The British Lieutenant Alexander ordered the native platoon to shoot at the rebels, but the soldiers had already revolted, they refused to fire at the revolutionaries. In a short time, the revolutionaries captured the ammunition, treasury of the British.
Liaquat Ali ran the government for 10 days
Maulvi Liaquat Ali ran the government from Khusrobagh itself for 10 days after defeating the British. He gave the posts of British officers to the revolutionaries, Saifullah and Sukhram were made Tehsildar of Chail. Niyamat Ashraf and Qasim Ali were given the rank of Kotwal. He made Faizulla Khan, the Zamindar of Bharwa, a military officer.
Colonel Neil brought the army from Banaras
Colonel Neil was considered the most ruthless among the British officers, when Prayagraj was captured by the revolutionaries, only Colonel Neil was sent here from Banaras, Colonel Neil, who brought a huge army, created a massacre as soon as he came here. Sukhram and Saifullah were hanged all the way on a tree. Atrocities were also committed on other revolutionaries, those who supported the revolutionaries were also punished. On June 18, the British again captured Prayagraj.
escaped Liaquat Ali
The British had captured Prayagraj, but their eyes were on Khushrobagh, in such a situation, Colonel Neil attacked Khushrobagh with full force, where Maulvi Liaquat Ali fought the English army for a long time, when it was decided that If the revolutionaries would be defeated in this battle, then Liaquat Ali was sent from there to another place, so that he could not come in the hands of the British.
The British kept five thousand prizes
For catching Maulvi Liaquat Ali alive or dead, the British had announced a reward of five thousand rupees at that time, he was called as a rebel, according to the history recorded in the Allahabad Museum, the British made the file of Liaquat Ali in the name of the rebel. Yes, even today this file is in the archives. About 24 years later, in 1871, he was captured from Surat district. After this he was tried and sent to the Andaman jail on the sentence of Kalapani. He was martyred in prison in 1881.
After 1930, the feet of the British started crumbling again.
After 1930, once again the feet of the British were uprooted from Prayagraj, on January 4, 1932, after Gandhi’s arrest, a complete strike was declared in Allahabad, the procession and meetings against the British intensified. According to the book Pride of Martyr Children, written by Ravichandra Gupta, in 1942, 13-year-old Kishore Ramesh Dutt Malviya was shot by the British while attempting to hoist the tricolor, after which the revolutionaries of the city were furious. A procession was also taken out in protest against this, on the information of this, the British tried to stop it and firing was done when it did not stop. In this firing, two revolutionaries were martyred and all were injured. After this, the revolutionary events accelerated further and the feet of the British gradually went uprooting.
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