Even in Kapli the Rani was busy
getting together an army. Hugh Rose laid siege to Kalpi. When defeat was certain, Rao
Saheb, Tatia and others fled with the Rani towards Gwalior.
They reached Gopalpur and took rest in a grove. During the night Rao Saheb, Tatia and
the next morning met the Rani. They had lost the will to fight.
The Rani said, " We have so far stayed inside the fort and faced the British. That
is what we should continue to do. Gwalior Fort is near here. It is true that the Raja
there is inclined towards the British. But I know that the army and the people are against
British. In addition, there is already a huge stock of guns and ammunition there."
The Ranis suggestion was acceptable to the noblemen. When Tatia Tope reached
Gwalior with an army in Gwalior cooperated. The Raja of Gwalior ran away and sought the
protection of the British at Agra.
But what happened thereafter was a repetition of the earlier foolishness.
Expect the Rani and her friends, the leaders indulged in merry-making. The timely
warning of the Rani wafted away on the air.
The Rani who was away from such reverlry undertook inspection of the vulnerable parts
of the Gwalior Fort. She prepared a stronghold. But the other leaders did not lend their
ears to the advice of this lady.