HUSAIN KHĀN (d. 1696), called Husainī in Gurū Gobind Siṅgh's Bachitra Nāṭak, was a slave-general of Dilāwar Khān, an important officer in the Mughal hierarchy. When Dilāwar Khān learnt of the disaster suffered by the imperial expedition led by his son against Gurū Gobind Siṅgh, he sent his commander, Husain Khān, to avenge the defeat. Husain Khān proceeded towards Anandpur with a large army at the beginning of 1696. Several hill chiefs submitted to him. On the way, Husain Khān got involved with Rājā Rāj Siṅgh (Rājā Gopāl of the Bachitra Nāṭak) of Guler, who failing to produce the heavy tribute levied upon him was ready for an armed conflict. Bhāī Saṅgatīā and seven other Sikhs who were sent by Gurū Gobind Siṅgh as an embassy of peace to the court of the Guler chief also took part in the battle. Husain Khān was supported by the rājās of Kāṅgṛā and Bilāspur. In the fierce action (20 February 1696) that ensued, Husain Khān was slain and the Rājā of Guler and his allies won a decisive victory. Saṅgatīā and his seven Sikhs fell fighting in this bloody battle.


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