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SOBHA SINGH, a grandson of Divan Singh who had built the village of Qila Divan Singh in Gurdaspur district during the early days of Sikh power. Divan Singh was a follower of Chatthas of Rasulnagar. Sobha Singh`s father, Hukam Singh had served under Mahan Singh Sukkarchakkia and afterwards under Maharaja Ranjit Singh in their various campaigns of conquest and died while fighting against the Yusafzais. Sobha Singh was granted the villages of Qila Divan Singh and Kotgarh on the death of his father.

He served under Misr Divan Chand in Kashmir, and fought in various battles on the northwest frontier, including those of Teri and Peshawar (1823). He broke fealty with the Sikh Darbar and helped the British with supplies in the Anglo Sikh war of 1848-49. After annexation of the Punjab, he was allowed to maintain his two villages on payment of one quarter of the revenue. S.S.B.

References :

1. Griffin, Lepel, and C.F. Massy, Chiefs and Families of Note in the Punjab. Lahore, 1909
2. Gupta, Hari Ram, History of the Sikhs, vol. II. Delhi, 1978

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