Around the end of 19th century, Pune was hit by plague. Walter Charles Rand, a British officer was appointed as Plague Commissioner. Under the pretext of prevention of epidemic, Rand’s sergeants perpetrated harsh and offensive measures against the common folk, particularly women.
On the evening of 22nd June 1897, Walter Rand and Lt. Ayerst were returning from the Jubilee celebrations of Queen Victoria taking place at the ‘Government House’ (now the main building of Savitribai Phule Pune University) when the Chapekar brothers (Damodar and Balkrishna Chapekar) open fired and killed them for atrocities committed on the people of Pune under the guise of plague eradication.
Read more stories about the Chapekar brothers in the Book: The Freedom Trail Pune