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Charat Singh (died 1774) was the eldest son of Naudh Singh, the father of Maha Singh, and the grandfather of Ranjit Singh. He distinguished himself at an early age in campaigns against Ahmad Shah Abdali and along with 150 horsemen split from the Singhpuria Misl to establish the Sukerchakia Misl.[1]

Charat Singh
Chief of Sukerchakia Misl
SuccessorMaha Singh
Died1774
IssueMaha Singh
FatherNaudh Singh

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Head of Sukerchakia MislEdit

He married the daughter of Amir Singh of Gujranwala, an older but still powerful sardar, and moved his headquarters there. In 1760, Ubed Khan, the governor of Lahore attacked his fort at Gujranwala but was completely routed in ensuing battle because Charat Singh had received intelligence on the attack.[2] In 1761, Sikh members of the population of Eminābād asked for his help against their ruler, a Faujdar. In the battle outside the Faujdar's fort, Charat Singh and ten of his horsemen rushed the opposing army's line and killed their leader.[2] In 1762, he attacked the Rear Guard of Ahmad Shah Abdali's retreating army and captured "Wazirabad, Ahmedabad, Rohtas, Dhanni, Chakwal, Jalalpur, Pind Dadan Khan, Kot Sahib Singh, Raja-Ka-Kot, etc.",[2] which left the Bhangi Misl jealous. In 1774, he invaded Jammu with Jai Singh of the Kanheya Misl to aid the eldest son of Ranjit Deo, Brij Raj Deo, against his father.[3] The Bhangi Misl joined the side of Ranjit Deo against him. During the preparations for battle a matchlock exploded and killed him.[4] During a battle the next day Jandha Singh, the leader of the Bhangi Misl was killed and both Misls retreated from the fight.

Preceded by
none
Leader of the Sukerchakia Misl
unknown – 1770
Succeeded by
Maha Singh

Battles fought by Charat SinghEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kakshi 2007, p. 14
  2. ^ a b c Kakshi 2007, p. 15
  3. ^ Kakshi 2007, p. 15–16
  4. ^ Kakshi 2007, p. 16
  5. ^ a b Raj Pal Singh (2004). The Sikhs : Their Journey Of Five Hundred Years. Pentagon Press. p. 116. ISBN 9788186505465.
  6. ^ Jacques, Tony. Dictionary of Battles and Sieges. Greenwood Press. p. 419. ISBN 978-0-313-33536-5. Archived from the original on 26 June 2015.
  7. ^ Grewal, J.S. (1990). The Sikhs of the Punjab. Cambridge University Press. p. 91. ISBN 0 521 63764 3. Retrieved 15 April 2014.

BibliographyEdit

Preceded by
none
Leader of the Sukerchakia Misl
1752 –1770
Succeeded by
Maha Singh