A portion of the historic Kilashapur Fort built by Telangana legendary fighter Sardar Sarvai Papanna Goud has come crashing down this morning.
According to the Kilashapur villagers in Raghunathpalli mandal of Jangoan district, the masonry structure was built on a hillock with stones 350-years ago and it was collapsed due to the heavy rains and a result of which the structure developed cracks on one side. The local fearing its collapse have vacated their houses surrounding the structure in the village. No one is injured in the incident except for few damages to nearby houses.
The locals adore Sardar Pappanna Goud as the Telangana Robin Hood and a fighter for the masses who revolted against the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb only to be executed at Golconda fort after he lost a battle against them.
But the history has it that the legendary personality was branded as highway bandit by the then British Government and this hill-fort was occupied by the Sardar Papanna Goud popularly knowns as ‘Papadu’ between 1701 and 1710. His fight was against the rich landlords of the area who believed to have conspired against him with the support of the then Moghul rulers. The fort endured a series of four sieges before Papanna was captured and executed. A number of Sufi mystics were laid to rest in Kilashapur fort which it was known as Shahpura then between the 15th and 17th centuries.