MATABAR SINGH, a Gurkha general who in 1838 was deputed by the court of Nepal to Lahore to seek an alliance against the British. When Matabar Singh reached Ludhiana, he was detained by the British agent. However, on a representation made by the Maharaja`s government he was permitted to proceed to Lahore. The mission appears to have failed and the Raja of Nepal confiscated Matabar Singh`s property worth several lakhs. The Raja made up his differences with the British government, and Matabar Singh returned to Nepal in January 1843 and was appointed prime minister. In May 1845, he fell in an attack by an assassin.
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