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Mortal remains of over 282 Indian soldiers of 1857 mutiny exhumed

Mar 3, 2014 12:51 IST

Ajnala in Amritsar, Punjab: Mortal remains of 282 Indian soldiers recovered

Mortal remains of about 282 Indian soldiers of 1857 mutiny were exhumed (dug out) on 2 March 2014 from the well at Ajnala in Amritsar district of Punjab. The bodies of Indian soldiers were dumped in the well by British troops during the mutiny. Apart from the skeleton remain of the soldiers, 60 currency coins that belongs to the 1857 era have been also recovered. Army gold medals of that era have also been recovered from the well.

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The process of digging the mortal remains of the soldiers started on 28 February 2014. These mortals are a part of the 500 un-armed soldiers of 26 Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry who revolted at Mian Mir Cantonment in Lahore.

The Ajnala Gurudwara had carried out the exhumation work of the remains to carry out cremation and build memorial. The site for exhumation is 26 kilometers away from Jallianwala Bagh, the site where the British troops led by Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer in April 1919 massacred hundreds of civilians. The well that was dug was previously known as Kalianwala Khu (well of black people) has been renamed as Shaheedanwala khu (well of the martyrs).

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Background
The Indian Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 was a violent revolt against the British rule and is also known by other names like the Indian Mutiny, the Indian Rebellion of 1857, or the Indian Revolt of 1857. The sepoy revolted against a new type of Rifle Cartridge for the Enfield rifle, which was wrapped in paper, which was coated in grease. It was believed that the grease used to make the cartridges was derived from pigs and cows, which would be highly offensive to Muslims and Hindus.

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