KIRPĀL CHAND KAṬOCH (d.1696) of Kāṅgṛā, son of Rājā Udai Rām Chand (1687-90) and the younger brother of Rājā Bhīm Chand (1690-97) of Kāṅgṛā. Kirpāl Chand was ambitious and adept in diplomacy. He is said to have incited Rājā Bhīm Chand of Kahlūr to pick up a quarrel with Gurū Gobind Siṅgh and expel him from his territory. On the other hand, he sent a messenger to the Gurū requesting him to disregard the pretensions of the Rājā of Kahlūr. However, he joined hands with the hill chiefs and fought against Gurū Gobind Siṅgh in the battle of Bhaṅgānī (AD 1688). In the battle of Nadauṇ (20 March 1691), he fought on the side of the Mughal commander, Alif Khān, and in the battle of Guler (20 February 1696) on the side of Husain Khān. Husain Khān was defeated and Kirpāl Chand Kaṭoch killed in action.


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K. S. Thāpar