Mangal Pandey, known as India’s first revolutionary, is also known as India’s first freedom fighter. The fight against the British started on their behalf and spread like wildfire across the country. The English attempt to extinguish the fire failed as a fire spread among people from all over the country like Mangal Pandey. Due to this, India also got independence on 15 August 1947. On the other hand, this great revolutionary of the country was hanged on this day itself. Today, on the special occasion of his death anniversary, we will tell you some unheard things about him which you may not know.
Early life: Mangal Pandey was born on 30 January 1831 in Nagwa village in Ballia district of Samyukta province. His father’s name was Diwakar Pandey and his mother’s name was Mrs. Abhay Rani. Born into a normal Brahmin family, he was forced to do a British army job at an early age with the help of his livelihood. While living there, he joined the army of the British East India Company in 1849 at the age of 22. Mangal was a foot soldier of the 34th Bengal Native Infantry in the army cantonment of Barrackpore.
That is why Mangal Pandey was hanged: the East India Company’s policy of occupying the princely state and then the conversion by Christian Egyptians had already created a hatred for British rule in the minds of the people and when new cartridges in rifles When it started in the Bengal unit of the company’s army, matters started to deteriorate. Where these cartridges had to be opened by mouth before placing the gun and news spread among Indian soldiers that cow and pig fat were used to make these cartridges.
There was already discontent among Indian soldiers over discrimination between Indian soldiers and rumors of new cartridges increased the fire. Mangal Pandey refused to take a ‘new cartridge’ when it was distributed to the indigenous infantry on 9 February 1857. In addition, he was tried by a court-martial for multiple assaults and was sentenced to death on April 6, 1857. According to the verdict, he was to be hanged on April 18, 1857, but the British government hanged Mangal Pandey ten days earlier on April 8, 1857.