Postal Stamp Image : V. S. SAI 1194 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 30/12/1986
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.50
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 1194
Postal Stamp Name : V. S. SAI
Stamp Information : The story of the first Indian struggle for freedom of 1857 would not be completed without the mention of Veer Surendra Sai. Though the great revolt of 1857 was suppressed elsewhere in India in 1858, it continued till 1862 in the district of Sambalpur in Orissa, largely dut to efforts of Veer Surendra Sai. Born on 23rd January, 1809 in the village Khinda about 30 kms in the north of Sambalpur in Orissa, Surendra Sai was one of the seven children of Dharma Singh. In a claim to the throne of Sambalpur, Surendra Sai rose in rebellion against the British much before there was any sign of mutiny of 1857. Surendra Sai was imprisoned for 5 years, a term which was later converted to life imprisonment. Surendra Sai alongwith his brother broke open from jail after 17 years. Soon Surendra Sai established himself with a contigent of about 1600 men and fought constant batles with the British. The British strengthened their forces at Sambalpur but inspite of efforts, Surendra Sai still remained at large. In 1861, concillatory measures were adopted by the British to offer free pardon to rebels. While the first proclamation of amnesty excluded Surendra Sai, his brother, Udwant Sai and his son Mitrabandhu, seconf amnesty proclamation extended amnesty of these three leaders. Followers of Surendra Sai continued defiance against the British. Captain Cumberledge considered Surendra Sai to be the brain behind the fresh uprising. Surendra Sai and some of his followers including his son in his own house were arrested at Khinda on January 23, 1864. It was not proved before the Judicial Commissioner, Mr. J.S. Campbell that Surendra Sai was responsible for fresh uprising and revolt. Nevertheless Surendra Sai and six others were detained at Nagpur on the ground that Surendra Sai was a dangerous political offender, likely to disturb the tranquility of the district, if released. All the seven prisoners were taken to the Fort of Aligarh in 1866. Surendra Sai died in prison on February 28, 1884. The Department of Posts feels privileged to issue a Commemorative stamp in honour of Shri Veer Surendra Sai in the series "India's struggle for Freedom."
Philatelic Stamp Description : The 50 P multicolour stamp, has been designed by India Security Preess, Nashik Road. The First Day Cover has been designed by Shri Kashinath Raha. The Cancellation has been designed by Mrs. Alka Sharma.
Stamp Currency : P
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 4.06 X 2.73 cms
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.71 x 2.3 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 40
Stamp Perforations : 13 x 13
Postal Stamp Shape : Vertical
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked P.G. Matt coated paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 10,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Multicolour
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