Babu Gulab Singh

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Not to be confused with Gulab Singh.
A portrait showing 1857 Sepoy Mutiny

Babu Gulab Singh (died 1857) was an Indian Talukdar and one of the rebels of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. He was killed in battle by British battalions during the Independence War of 1857 south of Pratapgarh near Allahabad.[1]

Early life[edit]

He hailed from the ruling family of princely Pratapgarh state of Oudh.[2] Babu Medni Singh, who established a town in Pratapgarh presently known as Katra Medniganj, was his brother.

Revolt of 1857[edit]

In the Indian Rebellion of 1857 (also known as the First War of Indian Independence and the Indian Mutiny), those company troops who were recruited from the state, along with some of the nobility of the state, were major players. The rebels took control of Awadh, and it took the British 18 months to reconquer the region, months which included the famous Siege of Lucknow. Then, Talukdar Babu Gulab Singh with his private army pitched battle near the present day village of Katra Gulab Singh on the bank of Bakulahi River of south Pratapgarh and killed many British soldiers. Finally, after a long struggle, British battalions entered the fort and shot his queen and soldiers.

Death[edit]

Babu Gulab Singh was seriously injured in battle and due to lack of proper treatment he died three days later.

Commemoration[edit]

The village Katra Gulab Singh in Mandhata Block is named in his memory. Katra Gulab Singh originally was set up by Babu Gulab Singh under his Talukdari. Today, the people of Katra Gulab Singh remain proud of their warriors and Gulab Singh.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Roper Lethbridge (2005). The golden book of India (illustrated ed.). Aakar. p. 405. ISBN 978-81-87879-54-1. 
  2. ^ "Pratapgarh pricely state of Oudh". members.iinet.net.au. Retrieved 2013-06-16.