The Panagarh-based Brahmastra Corps embarked on an initiative to retrace the rich history of West Bengal and the events related to the Battle of Plassey, which was fought on June 23, 1757, through a cycling and sailing expedition traversing the hinterland of the state from Plassey to Kolkata via Murshidabad. The expedition was flagged-in by Lt Gen Anil Chauhan, GOC-in-C, Eastern Command on Saturday.
It was in 1756 that the original Fort William in Kolkata was sacked by Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah. The fort that replaced it is today the headquarters of the Eastern Command.
“The event was conducted from March 9 to 14 in two phases. The first phase involved the team cycling from the War Monument at Plassey to Hazarduari Palace at Murshidabad that was built in the 19th century by architect Col Duncan Macleod of the Bengal Corps of Engineers under the reign of Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah of Bengal (1824–1838). The second phase of the event started at Murshidabad where expedition members sailed the Hooghly/Bhagirathi river in DK Whaler boats of the Naval NCC Batallion. The sailing team covered a distance of 260 km to Kolkata,” said a senior official of the Eastern Command. The team halted at historical places in Katwa, Nabadwip and Chinsurah on their way to Kolkata.
The team also visited several monuments including the obelisks of Mir Madan, Nabe Singh Majari and Bahadur Khan; Nizamat Imambara and Jafarganj Cemetery.
Source: Times of India