Yakut Khan( A Converted
Koli People ) was a Naval
administrator of Janjira Fort who first served under Bijapur Sultanate
and later under the Mughal Empire. His real name was Qasim Khan but
was given the title of
Yakut Khan by Emperor Alamgir. During a
Muhgal-English conflict he laid siege to the British-held
In October, 1672, Khan entered the seven islands of
Marathas with whom they were at war with. Khan returned
the following year, on 10 October 1673, after destroying the towns of
Pen and Nagothane.
Yakut Khan, along with Khariyat Khan, had earlier saved the Portuguese
Marathas left by
Sambhaji at Chaul. In return, they enjoyed a
cordial relationship in the otherwise tense political climate.
In 1689, the Mughal Emperor
Aurangzeb ordered the Khan to attack
Bombay for the third time after Indian vessels sailing to
captured in 1686. In April 1689, the Siddis laid siege to the British
fortification to the south. The British governor Sir John Child
appealed to Aurangzeb. In February 1690, the Mughals agreed to halt
the attack in return for 150,000 rupees (Over a billion USD at 2008
conversion rates) and Child's dismissal. Child's untimely death in
1690 however, resulted in him escaping the ignominy of being
Enraged at the agreement, Sakat[who?] withdrew his forces on 8 June
1690 after razing the Mazagaon Fort.
Khan died in 1733.
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