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Sher Singh ordered fort doors chained for 100 years.

11 Mar

CHAINED DOORS AT SHANKARGARH FORT (PRESENTLY KNOWN AS SHABQADAR FORT) IN PESHAWAR.

Only a sikh could give such a hilarious punishment to innocent wooden doors of a Fort which was breached by enemy. When, in 1840, Prince Sher Singh of Sikh Empire was on a visit to the Fort in Peshawar, Pakhtoons attacked the fort and were able to enter the fort. However they were repulsed after a fight. Later in a court martial the fort doors were found to be at fault and thus given a 100 years sentence to be chained to a pillar. In 1940 the term was served but the poor gates are still chained.

The following report is from BBC Urdu.

http://www.bbc.com/urdu/pakistan-43252371

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MAHARAJA SHER SINGH.

امردیپ سنگھ شب قدر قلعے میں زنجیروں میں جکڑے ہوئے دو

د روازوں کا ذکر کرتے ہیں۔ وہ بیان کرتے ہیں سنہ 1840 میں سکھ دورحکومت میں مہاراجہ شیر سنگھ نے یہاں کا دورہ کیا تو کچھ افغان جنگجو قلعے کا دروازہ توڑ کر اندر داخل ہونے میں کامیاب ہو گئے تاہم انھیں پسپا کر دیا گیا۔

مصنف کے مطابق اس کے اگلے روز جب تفتیش کی گئی تو سکھ فوج کے ایک اطالوی جنرل جین بیپٹائسٹ وینٹورا اس قلعے کے کمانڈر تھے اور دفاع کی ذمہ داری بھی ان کے سپرد تھی تاہم مہاراجہ نے دفاع میں ناکامی کا ذمہ دار قلعے کے دروازے کو قرار دیتے ہوئے اسے 100 سال قید کی سزا سنائی۔

سنہ 1940 میں یہ سزا پوری ہو گئی لیکن آج بھی یہ دروازے ایک مینار کے ساتھ زنجیروں میں جکڑے ہوئے ہیں۔

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4 Comments

Posted by on March 11, 2018 in History, Jokes

 

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4 responses to “Sher Singh ordered fort doors chained for 100 years.

  1. Madhu

    May 6, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Haha you can’t beat the subcontinent for the most fascinating and crazy history 🙂 Wish we could move around freely and explore all these gems. Don’t see it happening in my lifetime sadly.
    Thank you for sharing Shakil. Have a lovely weekend.

     
  2. Carolyn Page

    July 6, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Oh, the poor gates! 🙂
    Only man could be so ironic, Shakil.
    Thank You for bringing a smile. 🙂

     
    • shakilakhtar

      July 9, 2018 at 4:40 am

      I can’t think of any parallel equally comic in history. Master Tara singh, another sikh leader, though was made in the 60s to clean shoes at the Golden temple for failing to keep the fast he promised till his demands were met.

       

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