More than eight thousand Afghans were licked by 21 soldiers, longed for hours to capture the fort

More than eight thousand Afghans were crushed by 21 soldiers. They longed for hours to capture the fort. The soldiers fought till their last breath, in which 200 Afghans were killed and about 600 were injured.

Battle of Saragarhi i.e. the story of indomitable courage and never giving up spirit of Indian soldiers. The incident is shocking and why not? More than eight thousand Afghans were crushed by 21 soldiers. They longed for hours to capture the fort. Under the leadership of Havildar Ishar Singh, the soldiers fought till their last breath, in which 200 Afghans were killed and about 600 were injured.

Today is the 124th anniversary of the Battle of Saragarhi. This battle has inspired many armies at home and abroad. The battle was strategically extremely important. Saragarhi was the communication tower between Fort Lockhart and Fort Gulistan. Both these forts are now in Pakistan. Historians say that Saragarhi usually had a platoon of 40 soldiers, but on the day the battle was fought there were only 21 soldiers.

Seeing a cloud of dust, a soldier realized that a large army was moving towards the fort. Afghan soldiers wanted to isolate them by cutting the lines of communication between the two forts. Sepoy Gurmukh Singh sent a message through Morse code to the commanding officer. He was told that the enemy was approaching. It was requested to send more soldiers for help. The British commander in his message asked him to hold his position.

Sepoy Gurmukh Singh gave this message to Platoon Commander Havildar Ishar Singh. A British officer pointed out that the number of soldiers was not only low, but they also had limited ammunition with around 400 rounds per person. Signalman Gurmukh Singh was doing the work of three people alone that day. Gurmukh Singh was the youngest among the 21 soldiers. 47-year-old Nayak Lal Singh was the oldest.

It is recorded in the history that despite the small numbers, 21 soldiers fought the Afghans with enthusiasm. But in the seven-hour battle, many soldiers were killed, so those who remained were so wounded that they were completely helpless. Despite this, Nayak Lal Singh, even after being seriously injured, kept firing on the Afghan soldiers by firing continuously while lying on the bed. Seeing his soldiers fall one after the other, Gurmukh, 23, sent his last message and picked up the gun himself. He killed many Pathans.

Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh, in his book describing the last hour of the war, wrote that the soldiers of Saragarhi knew that it was their last day, yet they did not bow down. Saluting the martyrdom of 21 soldiers, the Amarinder government has declared September 12 as a holiday. It is recorded in his book that Havildar Ishar Singh was born in a village near Jagraon. Ishtar was included in it soon after the formation of the 36th Sikhs in 1887. He was about 40 years old when he was given independent command of the Saragarhi Post. He was married but childless.

Gurinderpal Singh Josan, president of the Saragarhi Foundation, which traces the families of 21 soldiers, says that despite getting a large chunk of land, Ishar’s family had to face a tough time after his death. His wife was killed by his brother, who was later sent to Kala Pani (Andaman and Nicobar). Although there was also a 22nd soldier in the battle. The CM of Punjab has named him as Daad. It is written in the book that although he was a sweeper, but this genius of Nowshera (Pakistan) showed the spirit of a soldier by killing five Afghans before he died.

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