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ARJAN SINGH CHAHAL

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ARJAN SINGH CHAHAL, SARDAR BAHADUR (1839-1908), was only seven when his father, Javala Singh, died in 1846 in the prime of his life. Arjan Singh belonged to the village of Chahal in Amritsar district. He held large jagirs in Tarn Taran tabsil and in Lyallpur district. He was an honorary magistrate and civil judge, an assistant collector and subregistrar of his district, president of the Local Board of Tarn Taran, a Fellow of the Panjab University, and a member of the Aitchison College Committee.

He received the title of Sardar Bahadur in 1894 and was made a Companion of the Indian Empire in 1906. He was manager of the Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, for over seven years until he resigned in 1896. He was appointed president of the 11 member lighting committee set up in 1896 for the installation of electricity in the Golden Temple. Arjan Singh died in January 1908 at the age of 69.

References :

1. Griffin, Lepel, and C. F. Massy, Chiefs and Families of Note in the Punjab. Lahore, 1909
2. Harbans Singh, The Heritage of the Sikhs. Delhi, 1983

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