01:52:34 pm on October 23, 2006 |
The Vellore Mutiny July 10, 1806 was the first instance of a mutiny by Indian sepoys against the British EIC. It predates even the sepoy mutiny of 1857 by half a century. The revolt, which took place in Vellore, was rather brief but brutal, as mutineers broke into the Vellore fort and killed or injured 200 British troops, before they were subdued by reinforcements from nearby Arcot.
The reasons for the mutiny revolved mainly around resentment against changes in sepoy dress code in November 1805. Hindus were prohibited from wearing religious marks on their foreheads and Muslims were required to shave their beard and trim their moustache. This created a strong resentment among the soldiers.
From 1806 Britishers were faceing lot of problems from Indians