Yesterday AIMIM organized a full-day academic conference to remember Indian Muslims’ rich contribution to our freedom movement. Starting today, we will be sharing some stories of these great men and women till 14 August.
1. Maulana Alauddin, Turrebaaz Khan & the martyrs of 17 July 1857.
On 17th July 1857, 5000-6000 freedom fighters of Hyderabad made a daring attack on the British Residency building (now University Women’s College, Koti) to free the imprisoned mutineer Jamedar Cheeda Khan. The attack was led by the firebrand Maulvi Syed Alauddin & Turrebaz Khan. More than 30 people died in the attack and many more were injured.
Maulvi Alauddin was an Imam of historic Makkah Masjid & gave fiery speeches there, preaching against British rule. Holding a banner, along with Turebaz Khan, the Maulvi marched to Residency. His right hand was paralyzed owing to a gunshot injury he suffered during the Attack. He also suffered sword wounds on his shoulder and forehead.
Maulvi Alauddin has the distinction of being the first prisoner at the “Kala Paani” Cellular Jail in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
Following his capture, Maulvi Alauddin was sentenced to Kala Paani in 1858 During his imprisonment he lost his eyesight & suffered from other ailments. He spent 30 years in jail & eventually passed away in prison
Turrebaz Khan’s nickname ‘Turum Khan’ in Dakhani Urdu to this day is synonymous with courage and valor. Waving a flag, Turrebaz Khan, along with other rebels, rode to the British residency in Koti, via Begum Bazar, mobilizing around 5000 men, to attack the British residency. Following the attack, Turrebaz Khan was arrested, tried, and sent to Kala Paani.
However, he managed to escape. When he was eventually captured, he was caught & killed on January 24. His body was dragged all the way back to the city. According to several historic accounts, his naked body was hanged from a tree near the Residency building to serve as a deterrent. Today, there is a memorial near Koti Women’s College remembering the daring attack. There are roads near the college named after the brave men