21st Native Infantry was stationed in Karachi. It declared allegiance to rebels during the ‘Indian Mutiny’ of 1857. Along that struggle, Raman Panday hatched a plan towards the war of freedom. Lo behold, informers leaked the plan. Consequently, he and his fourteen companions were arrested, while eight of them were killed on their way. Whereas other rebels were executed, Panday and his three close associates were blown on cannons, shredding their bodies to pieces. The pieces were buried in this barren ground. This occurred here, the very site where Empress Market stands.
Some of the rebels were hanged in Kharadar area and a few mutineers were exiled to a jail of Kala Pani never to return home.
(P.S.: Photograph of Empress Market, Kala Pani and Cannons from elsewhere).