10 October 2016
Rajkumar Lal Pratap Singh 17.12.2009
Rajkumar Lal Pratap Singh was one of the Indian independence activist of 1857 hailing from Visen Rajput dynasty of royal family of Kalakankar. He was killed during 1858 in Battle of Chanda. During the turbulent period of 1857, when Wajid Ali Shah, ruler of Awadh was ousted by the East India Company and exiled to Calcutta and Begum Hazrat Mahal took over the regency of the state for her twelve-year-old son, Raja Hanumant Pratap Singh (Father of Lal Pratap Singh) was the Talukdar of Kalakankar.
The East India Company had enforced a system of taxation called "Mahalwari", which involved constantly increasing revenue demands with consequences disastrous to the landlords and farmers.
Their increasing indebtness led to dissatisfaction and the Talukdars sided with the Begum to reinstate the Nawab and overthrow the British stood. Their trained armies stood ready to assist Awadh at short notice.
At the behest of the Begum, Hanumant Singh raised a battalion of 1000 soldiers under the command of his eldest son Lal Pratap Singh. This battalion, called "Pratap Jang" rose to action in February 1858 when the English (British) under Cohn Campbell attempted to recapture Lucknow.
Cohn Campbell was aided by a Gurkha battalion and two company Battalions. The three forces summoned by the Begum, including the one from Kalakankar camped at chande in Sultanpur district of Uttar Pradesh awaiting the signal for battle.
On 19 February 1858, as the 'Pratap Jang' contingent sat down to breakfast, the army of East India Company attacked them. each soldiers of the 'Pratap Jang' picked up whatever weapon came to hand and pitched into the battle till ammunition ran out. The reinforcement were cut off by the company troops and scattered remants of other forces of the Talukdars had been forced to retreat. Lal Pratap Singh was advised to withdraw so that he could fight another day but the brave young warrior Lal Pratap led his troop into the final battle, of which the result was inevitable. many brave Indian soldiers and warriors died that day, among them was Lal Pratap Singh for whom a glorious death was preferable to the shame of cowardice. The humiliation inflicted on his body by the company troop commanders could not decimate the glory of great warrior Lal Pratap Singh. His untimely death devastated his father Hanumant Singh.