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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 September 2007, 17:18 GMT 18:18 UK
Anger over UK India Mutiny trip
By Ram Dutt Tripathi
BBC News, Lucknow

Activists from India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (file photo)
Indian protesters say the visit is an insult
A group of Britons seeking to pay tribute to those who died in an Indian revolt 150 years ago have spent the day holed up in their hotel.

The retired soldiers and civilians were advised not to visit the historic Residency in the city of Lucknow because of anger over their visit.

Protesters in India say the trip is an insult to Indian freedom fighters.

Hundreds died as rebels laid siege to the British compound in the city during the 1857 Mutiny against colonial rule.

Soldiers across different garrisons in northern India revolted against their British officers in 1857 but the rebellion was crushed by the British.

'Brave dead'

Despite heavy security in Lucknow, the authorities advised the 40-strong British party not to visit the Residency because of what were described as "hostile sentiments" in the city.

The Residency contains the graves of hundreds of Britons.

There have been angry protests since the group arrived in Lucknow on Monday.

A local organiser for the trip, Pratik Hira, told the BBC the British visitors were safe and enjoying hospitality and good food in their hotel.

A spokeswoman for the party, Rosie Llewellyn Jones, said they wanted "to understand the Indian point of view and remember the brave dead of both sides".

She added: "We shall be visiting cemeteries where relatives of some of our group who lost their lives in this tragic conflict are buried."

Sir Mark Havelock, a descendant of Gen Henry Havelock, who led the recapture of Lucknow from the Indian sepoys, is among the visitors.

The group has already travelled across Delhi, Agra and Meerut, which saw much violence during the uprising. They plan to go on to Kanpur, Allahabad and Varanasi.




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