Takkar Massacre

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Takkar massacre
Location Takkar, Mardan, now Pakistan
Date 30 May, 1930
Target Khudai Khidmatgar Activists
Attack type
Mass murder, Massacre
Deaths 70 villagers killed and 150 wounded.

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 30 May 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 force of troops 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 the Pashto book Da Khpal Waakaye Tarun, 70 people were martyred and 150 wounded in the violence unleashed by the British force. A monument has been built in order to praise the martyrs of The Takkar Massacre. 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.


  1. ^ Civilian Jihad: Non-violent Struggle, Democrat… Maria J. Stephan
  2. ^ Residents remember Takkar martyrs of 1930.A monument has been built in order to praise the martyrs of the Takkar massacre (Saturday, May 29, 2010) THE NEWS. Jang group