In 1819, Ram Dial was appointed governor of Attock and Hazara where the Yusafzais had again risen in revolt. In 1820, he led an expedition against the turbulent tribes of Hazara and the surrounding areas gathered in large numbers at Gandgarh. But the mass of Afghan tribes proved too formidable a force. Ram Dial was obliged to retreat, but was ambushed on the way and killed. The Maharaja felt deeply grieved at the death of the veteran soldier.
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