SULAHĪ KHĀN, a Mughal courtier, was befriended by Bābā Prithī Chand with a view to securing official patronage for his claim to succession ; to the spiritual title to which his father, Gurū Rām Dās, had nominated his youngest son, Arjan. Prithī Chand, eldest of three brothers, had founded a new village, Koṭhā Gurū, in the Mālvā region, where he invited Sulahī Khān to visit him. Sulahī Khān came, and the two of them hatched a plot aiming to finish up the Gurū. As Prithī Chand was taking Sulahī Khān around the kilns he had set up to bake bricks for the new mansions, the latter's horse suddenly frisked and mounted one of the kilns, where the loose earth gave way and, before Prithī Chand could even think of rescuing him, Sulahī Khān had been engulfed in the fire and burnt to death ---an unholy end according to Muslim belief. There are verses by Gurū Arjan in the Gurū Granth Sāhib alluding to Sulahī Khān getting his deserts.


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