Annigeri Deaths Akin to Jallianwala Bagh, Says Researcher - The New Indian Express

Annigeri Deaths Akin to Jallianwala Bagh, Says Researcher

Published: 18th January 2014 08:20 AM

Last Updated: 18th January 2014 08:20 AM

A researcher from Bangalore has disputed the expert opinion that the skulls and bones found in Annigeri of Dharwad district are the remains of those who died during davgi bara in 1789-92.

Syed Jalaluddin, founder of Jnana Jagruthi Foundation, has appealed to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to order the Department of Archaeology to revisit the issue.  In his letter to the CM on December 23, Syed said his research and the evidence that he collected during his study proved that the Annigeri massacre is akin to Jallianwala Bagh incident. He also said the matter should be referred to the department of forensic medicine, Mysore Medical College. The Department of Archaeology had employed the carbon dating method on the human remains with the help of various agencies, including one from the USA to establish when the incident took place. He contended that the mass of human remains could belong to the special task force known as ‘Mallas’ under Krishnaraja Wadiyar II in the 17th century.

They constituted the backbone of Hyder Ali Khan and Tipu Sultan’s armies.

 This could be a retaliation by the East India Company for the 200 men who were held captive by Tipu. This might have happened on May 4, 1799, in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War. He observed that the British severed the heads of rivals and used them as revenge gifts in medieval Europe.

In response to the letter, R Gopal, director of archaeology, said Beta Analytics Limited, a UK-based lab, has given its expert opinion on the subject. If the heads of Mallas were severed before they were buried, there is no explanation for the skulls and bones of women and children in the site. Hence there is no need for one more forensic test, he said.

Findings

*  All remains are selectively sorted, differently arranged indicating a crime.

*  The bones indicate nearly a year-long delay in burial. A separate collection of broken, crushed hips and other bones were found. The evidence logically matches the probable historical sequence of contemporary times.

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