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Moulvi Liaquth Ali Khan, an undeterred revolutionary and mobiliser of Indian Sepoys during 1st War of Independence

Moulvi Liaquth Ali Khan was one of the initiators of the 1st Indian Revolution by masses (1857) and dreaded figure among East India Company’s forces, was born on October 5, in a weaver’s family at Mahagaon village, Chayil , in Allahabad (UP). Right from his school days, he acquired anti-British attitudes, however, joined British Army with an aim to indoctrinate revolution among Indian soldiers of East India Company. The Company sensing his patriotism anomalous to the loyalty to the employer, expelled him from Army.

Later, he organised anti-British groups in Allahabad besides, composing patriotic songs under the title’ Payam-e-Azadi’ along with another renowned freedom fighter Azeemullah Khan. Establishing Hindu, Muslim, Sikh unity and exposing the misdeeds of British Rule engaged Company’s forces at Allahabad on June 11, 1957, however, lost the battle and escaped rather than being victimized by the British. The Government announced an huge reward on his head , albeit, Maulvi kept waging war against British for next 14 years. After his arrest, due to a tip from a traitor, he declared to had taken up arms only to emancipate his mother land from the yoke of the British. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and was extradited to ‘Kala Pani’ whereat, he breathed his last on May 17, 1892.

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