ASSASSINATION OF NAWAB BHIKARI KHAN
FLOGGED TO DEATH BY SLIPPERS OF HAREM’S LADIES
THE MOST BIZARRE REVENGE IN HISTORY
Nawab Muin ul Mulk (Mir Mannu) represented the last vestiges of the Mughal Empire. Then he came face to face with Ahmad Shah Abdalli and acquited himself so well, that even Ahmad Shah Abdalli acknowledging his valour, restored him as the Governor of Lahore. Under these circumtances, he became a threat to the rule of many. Nawab Bhikari Khan, who lived in Lahore and was responsible for the building of the Golden Mosque in it, was also affected by his rule. Mir Mannu was killed in Lahore. The presumed accidental death of Mir Mannu was taken as an assassination, and revenge was planned on Bhikari Khan, who was held responsible for same.
Mughlaini Begum, wife of Mir Mannu, put the infant son of Mir Mannu on the throne, and to take the revenge on Bhikari Khan, invited him to her havelli. Nawab Bhikari Khan thought of possibility of seduction and was excited by the prospects, but luring the Nawab in her havelli, Mughlaini Begum ordered the ladies (including some eunuchs) to kill the Nawab by beating him red and blue with their slippers. The most bizarre death took place, when the ladies killed the Nawab, by beating him to death. The revenge of Mughlaini Begum was completed by her strategy.
Three powers vied for the rule of Lahore. The Abdallis, the Sikhs and the Mughals. The city fell to the tyranny of the three Sikh Sirdars, and leading further to the rule of the dacoit from Gujranawalla, Ranjit Singh. Adina Beg Khan could have saved the day, but busy in his intrigues, he lost a chance to change history of the Punjab. But that is really another story.