Ajit Pawar Pays Tribute at ‘Jay Stambh’ on 202nd Anniversary of Battle of Bhima Koregaon


Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar paid tributes at ‘Jay Stambh’, on the 202nd Anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon fought on January 1, 1818. ‘Jay Stambh’ is the pillar dedicated to the martyrs of the battle and is considered as a sign of victory for the untouchable Mahars over the mighty Peshwa Baji Rao II of Maratha Kingdom.

This pillar has history and every year lakhs of people come here. Some untoward incidents took place two years ago, but the government is taking utmost care and elaborate police arrangement has been made here to ensure that no untoward incident takes place,” Pawar said.

The Battle of Bhima Koregaon was fought on January 1, 1818, between the Mahar regiment of East India Company (EIC) and the Army of Peshwa Baji Rao II, at Koregaon Bhima. A 28,000 force led by the Peshwa was held back by 800 soldiers of East India Company, mainly comprising of Mahars. The battle was part of the Third Anglo Maratha war, which led to the eventual rise of the British empire in the majority of Western, Southern, and Central India. ‘Jay Stambh’ is a pillar commemorating the battle, with the inscription of the 49 company soldiers martyred in the battle. 22 of the dead soldiers were Mahars.

Thousands of people from around the country have visited Koregaon to pay their tributes, amidst heavy security arrangement by Maharashtra Police. On the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon in 2018, violence erupted leaving one dead and over a hundred injured.

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