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Here’s How Twitter Paid Tribute To The Great Martyr Mangal Pandey On His 161st Death Anniversary

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| April 8 , 2018 , 14:03 IST

To ensure the freedom for the next generation, several Indian freedom fighters laid down their lives.

One such revolutionary was Mangal Pandey. Born on 19th July 1827 in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia district, Mangal Pandey played a key role in events immediately preceding the outbreak of the Indian rebellion of 1857 or the 'First War of Independence'.

Pandey was a sepoy (sipahi) in the 34th Bengal Native Infantry regiment of the British East India Company. On March 29, 1857, Mangal Pandey attacked the British officers in North Kolkata’s Barrackpore.

While the British termed him as a traitor and mutineer, Pandey is regarded as a hero in modern India. Mangal Pandey was detained and hanged by the Britishers on April 8, 1857. In a bid to honour his contribution towards India’s freedom struggle, the Indian government issued a postage stamp to commemorate him in 1984.

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Mangal Pandey’s life and actions have also been portrayed in several cinematic productions including ‘‘Mangal Pandey: The Rising’, played by actor Aamir Khan.

On the occasion of Mangal Pandey's 161st death anniversary, the nation pays tribute to the great Indian Martyr.