DEVĀ SIṄGH, SARDĀR BAHĀDUR (d. 1872), son of Fateh Siṅgh and a great-grandson of Sāvan Siṅgh cousin of Saṅgat Siṅgh, the leader of the Nishānāvālī misl, came of a Shergil Jaṭṭ family of Mansūrvāl, in Fīrozpur district. Devā Siṅgh joined service under Mahārājā Raṇjīt Siṅgh in 1816 at a very young age. After some time, he was put under Lahiṇā Siṅgh Majīṭhīā who made him commandant of the regiment of his brother, Gujjar Siṅgh. In 1834, he accompanied the young Sardār to Calcutta on a mission half complimentary, half political. In 1842, he was transferred to the Gurkhā regiment to serve in Hazārā. Under the Darbār he was posted at Ḍerā Ismā'īl Khān in command of the Sūrajmukhī regiment. At the time of the outbreak at Multān, he left with his regiment to join Herbert Edwardes and General Van Cortlandt with whom he served throughout the campaign and earned much distinction and fame.

         In 1853, when the Punjab Military Police was formed, Devā Siṅgh was selected to raise and command the Seventh Police Battalion at Amritsar. He preserved order in the city and upheld the civil authority on the eve of the revolt of 1857. He also raised levies for service at Delhi and, during 1857-58, a considerable number of men were recruited and sent down country by him. For his services, Devā Siṅgh was granted the Star of the Order of British India with the title of Sardār Bahādur and a personal allowance of Rs 1, 200 per annum. On the reorganization of the Punjab police and disarming of the old force, Devā Siṅgh retired from government service. He received a special retiring pension of Rs 3, 000 per annum, and a grant of six hundred acres of waste land with proprietory rights. Devā Siṅgh died in 1872.


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