Takkar Massacre

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The Takkar Massacre was a massacre of non-violent protesters committed by soldiers of the British Raj in 1930, following the Qissa Khwani bazaar massacre.

The firing happened at Takkar in Mardan Tehsil on May 30, when local villagers attempted to stop soldiers from arresting activists of the Khudai Khidmatgar movement. In the ensuing shooting an English police officer called Murphy was killed. Three days later, a large troop force attacked the village in retaliation. [1] Takkar was immortalised and folksongs were written to remember the tragedy. “Pa Takkar jang de,” is still a popular and sorrowful folksong that depicted the village scene on the day of the British offensive on Takkar. According to a Pashto book titled, ‘Da Khpal Waakaye Tarun’, published in Afghanistan, 70 people were martyred and 150 wounded in the violence unleashed by the British force. Some of the martyred were identified as Juma Syed, Sanobar Kaka, Said Buland Kaka, Zarawar Khan and Baghi Shah.[2]

This was followed by the August Hathikhel massacre in Bannu.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Civilian Jihad: Non-violent Struggle, Democrat… Maria J. Stephan
  2. ^ Residents remember Takkar martyrs of 1930 (Saturday, May 29, 2010) THE NEWS. Jang group

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