The Martyrs of Camp Bazaar, Karachi.

By Dr. Sohail Ansari
30th April: Martyrs’ Day
Let us extend it back to 1857
This was the site of Camp Bazaar and a large parade ground of army in 1839. It was part of the cantonment. Can you guess where was that?

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).

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About Amin H. Karim MD

Graduate of Dow Medical College Class of 1977.
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