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1857 martyrs: Punjab to raise memorial

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, March 09, 2014
First Published: 20:33 IST(9/3/2014) | Last Updated: 09:31 IST(10/3/2014)

The Punjab government has finally decided to give due recognition to the 282 Indian soldiers whose skeletal remains were recovered from a well in Ajnala town, into which they were thrown, dead or alive, after they had revolted against the British during the 1857 uprising, often described as the first war of independence.

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The government has accepted the demand of the Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj, Shaheedawala Khuh Management Committee to build a suitable memorial in memory of the soldiers near Kalianwala Khuh, as it came to be known after the incident. It acquired the name Kalianwala Khuh as all the 282 soldiers who were thrown inside the well, hailed from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and were dark complexioned as compared to Punjabis.

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