ARRAH, a town of British India, headquarters of Shahabad
district, in the Patna division of Bengal, situated on a navigable
canal connecting the river Sone with the Ganges. It is a station
on the East Indian railway, 368 m. from Calcutta. In 1901 the
population was 40,170. Arrah is famous for an incident in the
Mutiny, when a dozen Englishmen, with 50 Sikhs, defended an
ordinary house against 2000 Sepoys and a multitude of armed
insurgents, perhaps four times that number. A British regiment,
despatched to their assistance from Dinapur, was disastrously
repulsed; but they were ultimately relieved, after eight days’
continuous fighting, by a small force under Major (afterwards
Sir Vincent) Eyre.
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