Tatya Tope

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City / Place Name : Nashik, Maharashtra
Country : India
Category : Famous Personalities » Freedom Fighter

After the reoccupation of Kanpur by the British Tatya Tope joined hands with Rani Lakshmi Bai and kindled a revolt in Bundelkhand. Then he reached Gwalior where he declared Nana Sahib as Peshwa with the support of the Gwalior contingent. But before he could consolidate his position he was defeated by General Rose in a memorable battle in which Rani Lakshmi Bai suffered martyrdom. The fall of Gwalior was a turning point in the career of Tatya Tope. 

Thereafter commenced his remarkable feats of guerrilla warfare over very vast regions of Central India, Malwa, Bundel-khand, Rajputana and Khandesh, from the recesses of the Vindhyas to the gorges of the Aravali, harassing and perplexing the British and their allies. Pursued from June 1858 to April 1859 by nearly half of the British forces in India under their ablest generals enjoying the fullest support of their military intelligence, he outmaneuvred them several times. He could not be captured in the marathon chase of about 2,800 miles horizontally and vertically through forests, hills, dales and across the swollen rivers. At last he was betrayed by his trusted friend Mansingh. The British army captured him on 7th April 1859. He admitted boldly, "What I did, was for my mother and I have no regrets". He was hanged on 18th April 1859 and the sun set forever on the First War of Indian Independence.

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