In the spring of 1885, the Bulgarian Secret Central Revolutionary Committee was established in Plovdiv which focused on unifying the northern and southern parts of the country. The Committee was also able to generate political support from the parties and the king of Bulgaria, as well as establish connections with the military garrisons and Bulgarian officials in Eastern Rumelia. The gymnastic clubs had consolidated a number of volunteer troops that were ready to participate in the planned rebellion.
Thus, on September 5, 1885 those volunteer troops in the towns and villages around Plovdiv rebelled and started moving towards Eastern Rumelia’s main city – Plovdiv. During the same night the military garrison of Plovdiv under the command of Major Danail Nikolaev took control over the city and performed a coup against the governor of Eastern Rumelia who was located there. Interestingly, no bullets were fired that night and the unification happened rather peacefully. The only victim from that nights events was Captain Raicho Nikolov who was mistakenly killed by a Bulgarian. The Captain was ordered to take over the post office and as he entered the director of the post office thought that someone is coming to arrest him as he had also participated in the secret committees. He ran outside on the main shopping street and Captain Nikolov followed him. Suddenly, the post office’s director turned around and fired shots at Captain Nikolov. Unfortunately, the shots were fatal and the Captain died on the main shopping street of Plovdiv struck by a Bulgarian bullet.