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Patiala Heritage Festival concluded with Jang-e-Saragrhi

Patiala Heritage Festival concluded with Jang-e-Saragrhi

Sixth Patiala Heritage Festival came to an end with a memorable light and sound “Jang-e-Saragarhi” programme, by world famous director Harbaksh Singh Lata at NSNIS, Patiala.

Saragarhi Battle is amongst the world most deadly battle, recognised by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). In this battle 22 Sikh soldiers of 36 Battalion fought with 10,000 Afghan (Pashtun) Orakzai Tribal forces on 12, Sept. 1897.

These 22 Sikh soldier under the command of Havaldar Ishar Singh fought valiantly, with full courage and defended the post till their last breath.

165 Havildar Ishar Singh

546 Lance Naik Chanda Singh

332 Naik Lal Singh

1651 Sepoy Jivan Singh

791 Sepoy Bhola Singh

1221 Sepoy Nand Singh

834 Sepoy Narayan Singh

814 Sepoy Gurmukh Singh

1321 Sepoy Sundar Singh

871 Sepoy Jivan Singh

287 Sepoy Ram Singh

1733 Sepoy Gurmukh Singh

492 Sepoy Uttar Singh

163 Sepoy Ram Singh

182 Sepoy Sahib Singh

1257 Sepoy Bhagwan Singh

359 Sepoy Hira Singh

1265 Sepoy Bhagwan Singh

687 Sepoy Daya Singh

1556 Sepoy Buta Singh

760 Sepoy Jivan Singh

Heritage Festival concluded with Jang-e-Saragrhi programme
Heritage Festival concluded with Jang-e-Saragrhi programme

Saragarhi is now in Pakistan, was an important link between the two forts of border district of Kohat. These two forts are Fort Lockhart and Fort Gulistan, situated a few miles apart. As these forts are not being visible to each other, Saragarhi Post was created midway as a Heliographic communication post.Tribal Pashtuns continued to attack British personnel from time to time. Maharaja Ranjit Singh, a sikh ruler  originally built the series of forts on the border belt.

On 12 September 1897, Pashtuns attacked Saragarhi, the singalling post, so that communication would be lost between the two forts.

At that time each Sikh soldier have only 400 round of ammunition with them. They fought with courage, proper planning and failed the attempt made by Afghan rebels to capture an important post of Britishers- Saragarhi.

Britishers recognized their bravery and honoured each Sikh Soldier with “Indian Order of Merit” to all soldier, posthumously which at the time was one of the highest gallantry awards given to Indian troops. All dependants of the Saragarhi heroes were awarded 50 acres of land and 500 Rupees. Never before or since has a body of troops – that is, all of them won gallantry awards in a single action.

Former Union Cabinet Minister and Chief Minister Punjab Capt. Amarinder Singh Wife Preneet Kaur was the Chief guest at this function. Malwinder Singh, younger brother of Capt. Amarinder Singh, his wife Harpriya Kaur, MLA Rajpura Hardial Singh Kamboj, Punjabi University Vice Chancellor Prof BS Ghuman, Director Cultural affairs, Punjab Shivdullar Singh Dhillon along with Inspector General of Patiala Zone AS rai, DIG Patiala range Sukhchain Singh, Deputy Commissioner Patiala Kumar Amit, SSP Patiala Dr. S Bhupati, SSP Fatehgarh sahib Alka Meena along with other Civil , Police and Army officials specially came to see this light and sound programme.



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