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Asirgarh Fort

Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh

November 15, 2021 to December 31, 2021

The Fortress of Asseergurh (Asirgarh Fort), located in the then Central Provinces (about 14 miles from the present Burhanpur District, Madhya Pradesh), has been historically considered crucial for exerting control over the Deccan. The Fort is about 259 meters high from its base and 701 meters above the sea level. It is divided into three parts: Asirgarh, Kamargarh anf Malaygarh, respectively. The fortress was taken by Lord Dalhousie in 1850-1851 under the Doctrine of Lapse. Initially, it was administered as part of Bengal, later shifted under the Central Provinces.

Seven prisoners were confined in the fortress as per the Regulation III. of 1818 that empowered the colonial regime to confine men in prison without a regular judicial trial, under Sir R. Temple (the then Chief Commissioner of the Central Provinces). They were the last rebels of 1857 and 1858 who were forced to surrender. Part of their plan constituted killing the civil officer. This plan could not succeed. All these prisoners were reported to have kept up a constant agitation in the district of Sumbulpore (present Sambalpur, Odisha), which was a wild tract lying about 400 miles of Calcutta. Their release was not sanctioned by the Chief Commissioner, after having received certificate of good conduct and satisfactory health for the past six months (from the Station Staff Officer, Asseergurh).