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Mutiny at Benares

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|combatant1=[[East India Company]]
|combatant2=Rebel Sepoys
|commander1=Brig Ponsonby<br>[ [James Neill|Lieut Col James Neill]]
|strength1= [[10th Regiment of Foot]] (150 men)<br>[[1st Madras (European) Fusiliers]]<br>No 12 Field Artillery (30 men & 3 guns)
|strength2= [[37th Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry|37th Bengal Native Infantry]]<br>[[15th (Ludhiana) Regiment of Sikh Infantry|Regiment of Sikh Infantry]]<br>[[13th Irregular Cavalry]]
[[Image:Benares.jpg|thumb|Benares Map 1933]]
== Summary ==
News of the [[Mutiny at Azimguhr]] reached [[Benares]] and it was decided that the [[37th Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry|37th Bengal Native Infantry]] should be disarmed. [[James Neill|Lieut Col James Neill]] had arrived from [[Madras]] with the [[1st Madras (European) Fusiliers|1st Madras European Regiment]] and insisted that this should be done at once. When called on parade some of the 37th came with arms and fired at their officers. The [[15th (Ludhiana) Regiment of Sikh Infantry|Sikh Infantry]], thought to be loyal, also turned on the Europeans as did the Irregular Cavalry. Neill drove the rebels from their lines and withdrew into barracks for the night. Next day he consolidated his position and secured the treasury. The 37th fled from the cantonments during which about 100 were killed and 200 wounded. Further reinforcements ensured the safety of the Europeans and in subsequent days Neill carried out numerous hangings of suspected rebels as a deterrent.
== Spelling Variants ==
Modern name: Varanasi<br>

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