Topal Osman Agha (1883, Giresun – April 1, 1923) was a colonel of
the late Ottoman Empire and early
Turkey, and a veteran of the 1912-1913 Balkan Wars where he became lame ( ).
For his work in the national movement, Osman became commander of
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
special "Bodyguard Regiment." After strangling Trabzon deputy
Ali Şükrü Bey to death
on March 27, 1923, due
to Şükrü's criticism of Mustafa Kemal, he was killed in Ankara during an
exchange of fire with the military units sent to capture him on
April 1, 1923.
body was later hanged in front of the Turkish Parliament
and he now rests in
Ateş of Istanbul
University claims that former primer minister Tansu Çiller had once promised to open a
university in Topal's name.