British Campaign for Capturing Himachal -4
Nepal Rule over Kumaun, Garhwal and Himachal (1790-1815) -287
History of Uttarakhand (Garhwal, Kumaon and Haridwar) -817
By: Bhishma Kukreti (A History Student)
At that time, Amar Singh Thapa got a copy of a letter from Nepal King for Ranjor Singh in which Nepal King instructed Ranjor for having Treaty with British. Nepal King authorized Ranjor Singh for offering Bhabhar, Tarai of Central Himalaya including Dehradun and west of Yamuna region to British in exchange of Treaty with British. On 2nd March 1815, Amar Singh Thapa sent a letter in response of the King writing letter to Ranjor. British spy snatched the letter from the Gurkha messenger. The letter was as-
“After British making such huge war preparation British would not be ready for small territories. Even after having treaty, British would capture Nepal as British did with Tipu Sultan. Initially British took territory of 6 Crores income land from Tipu and after some time, British captured whole of Tipu Kingdom.
If we leave those potential territories it would be difficult for maintaining such huge army. I f we reduce army strength British would capture our Kingdom. If we leave Bushehr, the Bhateda (inhabitants of Bhatwari) will meet enemy. Garhwal being near Dehradun and Ravain, we shall loose Garhwal too. By that logic we shall loose Kumaon, Doti, Dulu, Dailakh etc one by one.
Ranjor defeated British in Jaithok. The inhabitants of this region and their Rana, Rao, Raja (Chieftains) are now with British. I am surrounded by British from four directions. But I want to defeat Ochterlony for two times. After my win, Ranjit Singh, Maratha and Nabab of Awadh will go against British and will fight with British.
We should not worry. This is not time for treaty and bent upon before enemy. It is suitable for surrendering smaller disputed territory. Please don’t ask me going for such shameful acts. Please call me (old one) to Kathmandu than making treaty with British.
From the time you seized the Vriti /scholarship/donation of Brahmins they are spending life in poverty. You promised to offer back the Vriti to Brahmins at the time of capturing Kangra fort. However, after capturing Kangra Fort you did not return the Vriti to Brahmins. By pleasing Brahmins will pray for your defense and your prosperity. Astrologers told me that Baishakh (April) will be lucky for Gurkha. Till that time, I am delaying head on with British. I shall campaign from Baishakh. You get help from China, Lams of Lhasa by sending diplomatic letter.”
Thapa cleared that Nepal should not offer more territories to British. Amar Singh Thapa was ready for disobeying his King and was ready for war with British. However, he neither could guess the exact strength of British nor could inspire Hindu brigade to fight with British together.
British capturing Taragarh and Chamba
After capturing Ramgarh, Cooper established made main depot at Ramgarh in place of Nalagarh. On 11 th March, British army fired on Taragarh. On 12th March, British found that Gurkha soldiers ran away from Garhi in night.
On 16th March, British fired shells by 18 pond gun on Chambagarhi. The wall was demolished within a hour. Most of Gorkha soldiers ran away from Chambagarhi. The remaining soldiers requested British cmmanders that they should be kept there as arrested soldiers and they were not ready for going to Malau. Their families were in Malau. Cooper ordered for gun firing on garhi till a couple of Gurkha bring back families of surrendered Gurkha soldiers from Malau.
(From writings of Atkinson, Preamble, Sanwal, Saxsena, Fraser, Balchandra Sharma, Letter of Bamshah for Amar Singh Thapa etc)
Copyright@ Bhishma Kukreti Mumbai, India, email@example.com 4/6/2016
History of Garhwal – Kumaon-Haridwar (Uttarakhand, India) to be continued… Part -818
*** History of Gorkha/Gurkha /Nepal Rule over Kumaun, Garhwal and Himachal (1790-1815) to be continued in next chapter
(The History of Garhwal, Kumaon, Haridwar write up is aimed for general readers)
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