A. C. Guards
A. C. Guards is located in Telangana
A. C. Guards
A. C. Guards
Location in Telangana, India
Coordinates: 17°23′49″N 78°27′25″E / 17.397°N 78.457°E / 17.397; 78.457Coordinates: 17°23′49″N 78°27′25″E / 17.397°N 78.457°E / 17.397; 78.457
Country India
 • BodyGHMC
 • OfficialTelugu, Urdu
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
500 004
Vehicle registrationTS
Lok Sabha constituencySecunderabad
Vidhan Sabha constituencyNampally
Planning agencyGHMC

A. C. Guards is a locality in the city of Hyderabad, Telangana. The name A.C Guards stands for the African Cavalry Guards of Hyderabad State who were stationed there since the time of 6th Nizam Mahbub Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VI.

The barracks are believed be to have been constructed more than 100 years ago and the quarters of A.C Guards were allocated to the African (Siddi) soldiers of the Nizam's army. Masab Tank, Khairtabad are areas adjacent to A.C. Guards.

In the 19th century, the 6th Nizam, Mir Mahbub Ali Khan, heard of Africans serving in the court of another Indian nobleman. Impressed by their qualities, he asked for a batch of Africans to be brought to Hyderabad. A group of around 300 young men soon followed; most accounts indicate they came voluntarily.[1] It is said that when it came to safeguarding his family, the 7th Nizam had absolute trust in these bodyguards.[2]



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  2. ^ Ababu Minda Yimene (2004). An African Indian Community in Hyderabad. Göttingen: Cuvillier. ISBN 3-86537-206-6. Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  3. ^ "AC Guards wins". The Hindu.
  4. ^ "2008 Jr. Men's AsiaCup". stick2hockey. Archived from the original on 18 October 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2013.