CHET SIṄGH, military commander, engineer and a kārdār, i. e. a revenue officer, under Mahārājā Raṇjīt Siṅgh. In 1831 he became engineer-in-charge for constructing a bridge over the River Sutlej for the Ropaṛ meeting between Mahārājā Raṇjīt Siṅgh and Governor-General William Bentinck. He constructed another bridge at Harīke in 1837 to enable the British commander-in-chief to cross over the Sutlej for his visit to Lahore. Earlier in 1833 he was appointed kārdār of the cis-Sutlej estates of the Mahārājā. In 1835, he was deputed to Anandpur to settle the dispute between the local Soḍhī factions. Chet Siṅgh was on guard duty near the gate on the fateful evening (5 November 1840) when its archway fell upon Kaṅvar Nau Nihāl Siṅgh returning from the funeral of his father, Mahārājā Khaṛak Siṅgh. During the first Anglo-Sikh war, Chet Siṅgh commanded the Ropaṛ division along the western bank of the Sutlej. In the second Anglo-Sikh war, he fought in the battle of Rāmnagar (22 November 1848) when he was taken prisoner by the British.


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Gulcharan Siṅgh