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U Kiang Nangbah

U Kiang Nangbah was a Meghalayan freedom fighter who led a rebellion against the British. He was publicly hanged by the British on 30 December 1862 at Iawmusiang in Jowai city, West Jaintia Hills district. Government of India issued a postage stamp commemorating him in 2001. In his memory a government college was also opened in 1967 at Jowai.

Nangbah was elected leader of the resistance in Jaintia and led the British attacks. The attacks spread across the hills of Jaintia and the British were forced to call in reinforcements to try to subdue the uprising.

Ultimately, one of his team betrayed Nangbah and were captured by the British. He was hanged on 30 December 1862 at Iawmusiang in Jowai town in the district of West Jaintia Hills.

The Jaintias are a Meghalayan tribal ethnic group that makes up about 18 per cent of the population of the state. By the mid-19th century, the British East India Company conquered the Jaintia Kingdom to become part of the province of Assam.