Mir Jumla was one of the most capable and an extra-ordinary Mughal General. He was appointed as the Governor of Bengal around 1659 by Aurangzeb. In 1662, Mir Jumla raised an attack on Assam as the head of a huge army, to conquer one of the local rulers who had captured some of the Mughal territories on the Bengal frontier.
But the difficult terrain and the malaria prone climate of the area took a heavy toll on the Mughal Army. This forced Mir Jumla to retreat during 1663 without having fully accomplished the subjugation of Assam. Before he could return to Bengal, the general himself was stricken with malaria and succumbed to the disease on the 30th of March 1663. His mortal remains were buried on a hillock near Thakuranbari in Garo Hills which is being maintained by the local Mazar Sarif committee.
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