British Capturing Makwanpur

British Capturing Makwanpur
Sugauli Treaty -4

Nepal Rule over Kumaun, Garhwal and Himachal (1790-1815) -303
History of Uttarakhand (Garhwal, Kumaon and Haridwar) -833

By: Bhishma Kukreti (A History Student)

By November 1815, the Army of Ochterlony started gathering at Balvi the border region of Saran. Ochterlony decided capturing Bhichhakhori Ghat by crossing three places of Chudia /Churiya Hill through three Army Battalions. Ahead of Bhichhakhori Ghat, there were cities and Garhs of Makwanpur. Gurkha planned to attack suddenly on British army Bhichhakhori Ghat Fort. Ochterlony marched with 9500 soldiers and Canons for Bhichhakhori Ghat. Lieutenant Colonel Nichols was supposed to meet Ochterlony Mahajogi raod (thirty miles in west of Bhichhakhori Ghat) ahead of Rapti valley with 5000 soldiers. 35 miles right away from Ochterlony, Colonel Kelli marched towards Hariharpur through Lakhand Rivulet with 4000 soldiers. On 3rd February, Ochterlony started his march towards Bhichhakhori Ghat. On third day Ochterlony with army reached to Bhichhakhori Ghat region. Ochterlony stayed there for five days. However, no Gurkha soldiers were there in scene.
An opium seller deceptively informed that there was a steep and difficult road through Baluwater for Makwanpur but there was no Gurkha army. Ochterlony reached near Makwanpur with hardship. Gurkha soldiers ran away from Bhichhakhori Ghat towards Makwanpur. On 27th February 1816, a Battalion captured Bhichhakhori Ghat. After capturing Hathora, Ochterlony marched to Makwanpur. On afternoon of 27th he reached to Makwanpur.
Second day, 3000 Gurkha attacked on British camp with canon fires. A gun fire blown ahead of Ochterlony camp and his servant with an inkpot died there. Before sun set there was fierce battle. As per written records (Premble, Invasion of Nepal), Gurkha lost 800 soldiers and hundreds of Gurkha soldiers got injured. British lost 45 soldiers, 175 were injured and 2 were missing. Gurkha ran away from Makwanpur.
When Kelli and his army reached to Hariharpur Gurkha army commander Ranjor Singh Thapa was there with 1000 soldiers for protection. British army fired Canons continuously. There was heavy casualty in Gurkha camp. Gurkha commander Ranjor Singh Thapa and his army ran away from Hariharpur.
According to a Gurkha source, there was war at other place too. Maularam illustrated that war but with exaggeration.
End of War
When a portion of Ochterlony army was marching ahead of Makwanpur, Bakhtawar Singh the brother of Bhimsen Thapa sent Chandrasekhar Upadhyaya with a treaty letter authorized by the Nepal King to Ochterlony. Ochterlony insulted the Envoy for a while and then later on took the letter. Ochterlony offered authorized Treaty letter by Governor General to Upadhyaya.
Then, that was end of war.

(From writings of Atkinson, Preamble, , Saxsena, Fraser, Princep, Maularam, Balchandra Sharma, Sanwal, English pre mutiny records, Upadhyaya, Dehradun vol., 8; Saklani, Mutiny records Kumaon; Achieves of Tehri Kingdom Record etc.)
Copyright@ Bhishma Kukreti Mumbai, India, bckukreti@gmail.com 21/6/2016
History of Garhwal – Kumaon-Haridwar (Uttarakhand, India) to be continued… Part -834
*** History of Gorkha/Gurkha /Nepal Rule over Kumaun, Garhwal and Himachal (1790-1815) to be continued in next chapter
(The History of Garhwal, Kumaon, Haridwar write up is aimed for general readers)
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