KAROṚĀ SIṄGH (d. 1761), founder of the Karoṛsiṅghīā principality of the Sikhs, was a Virk Jaṭṭ belonging to the village of Barkī in the district of Lahore. He had been forcibly converted to Islam during the time of Nawāb Zakarīyā Khān. He, however, re-joined the Sikh faith receiving the rites of initiation at the hands of Dīwān Darbārā Siṅgh. Karoṛā Siṅgh generally confined his activities to the tract lying south of the Kāṅgṛā hills in Hoshiārpur district. In 1759, after the death of Ādīnā Beg Khān, Karoṛā Siṅgh killed Ādīnā's dīwān Bishambhar Mall, and seized considerable territory, including places such as Hoshiārpur, Harīāṇā and Shām Chaurāsī. Karoṛa Siṅgh was killed at Tarāoṛī, near Karnāl, fighting against the Nawāb of Kuñjpurā in 1761.


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Sardār Siṅgh Bhāṭīā