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Shamser Khan

(★ – 1857) – (Jharkhand)

Shamser Khan was a soldier enlisted in the 34th Native Infantry of the British-Indian Army, posted at Chittagong port. During the Sepoy Mutiny that broke out in Chittagong port town on 18 November 1857, he participated by destroying the prison and Collector Office and looting the town. Later, he joined the mutineers’ march towards the Barak valley to join the rebellious Manipuri princes. While attempting to enter the Brarak valley through Latu (now an Indo-Bangladesh border town on the Indian side), they encountered the Sylhet Light Infantry led by Major Byng on 19 December 1857. In this battle, 26 mutineers were killed on the spot, including Shamser Khan.