Baba Tilka Majhi was first Santal leader who took up the arms and raised his voice against English fought with them in the 1789’s, around 100 years before Mangal Pandey. He drove a mortal arrow into Cleveland, the British Commissioner who had made a great name for himself by pacifying the region. The arrow killed Cleveland. The British surrounded the Tilapore forest from which he operated but he and his men held the enemy at bay for several weeks. When he was finally caught in 1784, he was tied to the tail of a horse and dragged all the way to the collector’s residence at Bhagalpur. There, his lacerated body was hung from a Banyan tree. A statue to the heroic leader was erected at the spot after independence.
1780-85 – Tilka Manjhi led the tribal revolt and managed to injure British army chief
1785 – Tilka Manjhi hanged to death in Bhagalpur
Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University
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