Ajnala, India

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Ajnala
city
Punjab
Ajnala
Ajnala
Location in Punjab, India
Coordinates: 31°50′N 74°46′E / 31.84°N 74.76°E / 31.84; 74.76Coordinates: 31°50′N 74°46′E / 31.84°N 74.76°E / 31.84; 74.76
Country  India
State Punjab
District Amritsar
Elevation 213 m (699 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 18,602
Languages
 • Official Punjabi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Ajnala is a town and a nagar panchayat in Amritsar district in the state of Punjab, India.Kalian Wala Khuh is martyrs place is a tourist destination in Ajnala.

Geography[edit]

Ajnala is located at 31°50′N 74°46′E / 31.84°N 74.76°E / 31.84; 74.76 in western Punjab near to the border with Pakistan.[1] It has an average elevation of 213 metres (698 feet).

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[2] Ajnala had a population of 18,602. Males constitute 55% of the population and females 45%. Ajnala has an average literacy rate of 68%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 58% of the males and 42% of females literate. 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Indian Rebellion of 1857[edit]

During the Indian Rebellion of 1857, 282 sepoys of the 26th Native Infantry, who had mutinied at Lahore and subsequently surrendered believing they were going to be given a fair trial, were summarily executed without trial by Frederick Henry Cooper, then-Deputy Commissioner of the district. Cooper was a proud Christian of the "true English stamp and mould". The bodies were dumped into a deep dry well near the police station. The guard who shot the sepoys were made up entirely of Sikhs.[3] In March 2014 the head of a local Sikh gurdwara announced that the remains of those buried had been uncovered in the excavation of a well within the shrine.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Ajnala
  2. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  3. ^ Cooper, "Crisis in the Punjab", pp 154-6, cited in The Great Indian Mutiny by Christopher Hubbard, pp 132
  4. ^ "India to examine claims over '1857 rebel' bodies", BBC News, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-26413278, accessed 03/03/2014.