Skeletons of 282 Indian soldiers assassinated in 1857 rebellion found during excavation at Amritsar  

NEW DELHI: Punjab University’s Anthropology Department has discovered the bones of 282 Indian soldiers that were part of the country’s first war of independence, 1857. The Assistant Professor of the Department, Dr JS Sehrawat, said that the skeletons of 282 Indian soldiers who took part in the country’s freedom struggle in 1857 were discovered during excavations near Amritsar. These soldiers were said to have rebelled against the use of cartridges made of pork and beef.

These skeletons belonged to 282 Indian soldiers who were killed in India’s 1857 independence struggle against the British. The assistant professor said that the skeletons were found under a religious structure in Ajnala, Punjab.

A study found that these soldiers protested against the use of beef-greased and pork-greased cartridges. All evidence points to the same, Mr Sehrawat said.

Some historians regard the 1857 revolt as the beginning of the country’s freedom struggle. According to some reports, Indian soldiers who joined the British Indian Army rebelled against the use of cartridges made from pork and beef. They cited religious beliefs.

Mangal Pandey led this struggle for freedom. Mangal Pandey started the rebellion at Barrackpore, near Calcutta. Mangal Pandey, a rebel against the British government, blew the whistle of rebellion in Barrackpore on March 21st 1857. According to historians, Mangal Pandey challenged his Barrackpore comrades to protest and fired at British officers riding toward him on horseback.