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KAHN SINGH MAJITHIA

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KAHN SINGH MAJITHIA (d. 1853), son of Amar Singh Majithia, served as a general in the Sikh army in the second AngloSikh war. During Maharaja Ranjil Singh`s reign, Kahn Singh was a minor military officer when he is said to have killed a lion with his sword while out hunting with the Maharaja in 1831. In 1838 he was an officer in the Ghorchara Khas. He was commandant of the Sikh force at Peshawar in 1848 when his troops marched out of Peshawar to join Chatar Singh and Sher Singh; Kahn Singh fought the British both at Cheliarivala and Gujrat.

At the lime of the annexation of the Punjab by the British, `s jdgir worth Rs 40,000 was confiscated and he was given a pension of Rs 3,600 per annum. He died in 1853 at Majilha, his ancestral village, where, it is said, he used his two elephants for ploughing his lands with a specially designed 20prongcd plough. He ajso had a very large well and Persian wheel constructed, and used the elephants for irrigating his fields.

References :

1. Sun, Sohan Lal, `Uiiiddl-ul-`l`wdiikh. Lahore, 1885-89
2. Griffin, Lepel, and C.F. Massy, (`Miffs d nd Fam Hies of Note in the. Punjab. Lahore, 1909
3. Cunningliain, Joseph Davey, A ffififorf of the Sikhs from I lie Origin of the Nation to the Battles of the Sutlej. London, 18-19

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