Explain the course of Vellore mutiny
On July 10th in the early morning the native sepoys of the 1st and 23rd Regiment’s started the revolt. Colonel Fancourt, who commanded the garrison, was their first victim. Colonel Me Kerras of the 23rd Regiment, was shot down on the parade-ground. Major Armstrong was the next officer to be killed during the mutiny. About a dozan other officers were also killed.
Major Coote who was outside the fort dashed to Ranipet, 14 miles away, and informed Colonel Gillespie at 7 am col. Gillespie reached the Vellore fort at 9 a.m.
Meantime, the rebels proclaimed Futteh Hyder, Tipu’s first son, as their new ruler and hoisted tiger- striped flag of Tipu Sultan. But the uprising was swiftly crushed by Col. Gillespie. 800 Indian soldiers were found dead in the fort alone. Six hundred soldiers were imprisoned in Trichy and Vellore. Some rebels were hung, some shot dead. The uprising war thus brought to a bloody end. Tipu’s son was sent to Calcutta. The commander- in-chief and the governor were recalled.