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GURCHARAN SINGH, a Kuka leader (formally designated subd, i.e. governor or deputy, by Baba Ram Singh) who attempted to seek help of the Russians against the British, was born in 1806 at Chakk Pirana in Sialkot district, now in Pakistan, the son of Afar Singh Virk. He joined the army of Maharaja Ranjit Singh as a trooper in 1833 and served the Sikh State up to its annexation in 1849. He was initiated into the Kuka faith about 1870 by the Kuka subd,]o.3. Singh, also of the Sialkot district, and shortly afterwards was himself appointed a subd.

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