Vellore Mutiny: A forgotten saga


On July 10, 1806, two hundred years ago, Indian sepoys rose in a bloody revolt against the East India Company’s garrison.

The sepoys shot at English officers, fired into the European barracks leaving 14 British officers and 100 soldiers dead.

In the counterattack led by Colonel Robert Rollo Gillespie’s men, who rushed from Arcot 14 miles away, 800 Indians sepoys were put to death. This little documented event was the first major rebellion against the emerging British Empire in colonial India.

Fatteh Hyder, Tipu’s first son, was perceived to be of one of the key architects of the rebellion.

Now the Government has released a commemorative stamp on the Bicentennial of the rebellion.
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