, a kahar or waterman of village Jagatpur, in Amritsar district, was the son of Ratan Singh, one of Maharaja Ranjit Singh`s personal attendants. Ratan Singh was a great favourite and had had jagirs of over one lakh rupees granted to him. His son Thakur Singh had in his younger days served Maharaja Duleep Singh. When Maharaja Duleep Singh was coming back from England in 1886, he contacted Thakur Singh with a view to offering him employment in his household. Thakur Singh went to Bombay to meet him but returned disappointed as the Maharaja was detained at Aden and was not permitted to continue the journey to India.
1. Gancia Singh, ed., History of the Freedom Movement in the Panjab (Maharaja Duleep Singb Correspondence). Patiala, 1972