How did Titumir fight against the English during the revolt 1857?

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The Wahabi movement was successfully carried to Bengal by Mir Nisar Ali, popularly known as Titumir, of 24 Parganas. Though a believer in the Wahabi ideal of Islamic reform, Titumir from the very beginning directed his energies in organizing the peasants against the oppressive zamindars, money-lenders and indigo farmers.

He acquired much influence among the peasants of 24 Parganas and the Nadia districts of West Bengal. Titumir’s growing popularity became a cause of concern for the English.

Particularly, the English were scared at Titumir’s defiance of the land-reforms introduced by them. Ultimately in the struggle that took place at Barasat between Titumir and the English the former was thoroughly defeated.

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Though Titumir was defeated his self-sacrifice remained as a source of inspiration to the peasantry of Bengal. The Wahabi movement, however, did not come to an end with the death of Titumir.

Meerut, Delhi, Patna and other places of North India, later on emerged as important centers of the Wahabi movement. The Wahabis also took active part in the Revolt of 1857.

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