Dhan Singh Gurjar

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Statue of Dhan Singh Gurjar in Commisionarie Chowk, Meerut

Kotwal Dhan Singh Gurjar was one of the rebels of the Indian Rebellion of 1857.

Early life[edit]

He was born in village Panchali in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.

Revolt of 1857 in Meerut[edit]

The freedom movement, which started in 1822 from Kunja Bahadurpur[citation needed], came to shape in 1857. In the Indian mutiny of 1857, the mutineers had the support of most of the Bengal army. Dhan Singh Gurjar, at this time the Kotwal of Meerut, was the leader of this initial battle[citation needed].

On 10 May 1857 Dhan Singh Gurjar opened the gate of the prison in Meerut; this act launched the rebellion. People took up weapons and marched to kill the British. Important places in Meerut were captured[citation needed]. After completing the task at Meerut[citation needed], the rebels marched towards Delhi, with the slogan "Dilli Chalo".[1][2]

In memory of this rebel leader of the 1857 rebellion, the newly built campus community centre of Meerut University is named after him.[3]


  1. ^ Singh, Nau Nihal (2003). The Royal Gurjars: Their Contribution to India. Anmol Publications PVT. LTD. p. 339. ISBN 81-261-1414-2, ISBN 978-81-261-1414-6. "Kotwal Dhan Singh Gurjar was the leader of this initial battle of 1857. Dhan Singh Gurjar was the Kotwal of Meerut in 1857" 
  2. ^ Bhartiya Sanskriti Ke Rakshak, by Dr. Ratan Lal Verma
  3. ^ Meerut University