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Kashmira Singh, Kanvar

Son of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1819-1844)


Was born in 1819 to Rani Daya Kaur. He received his name from the province of Kashmir falling to the Maharaja's arms at his birth. Kashmira Singh held charge of several jagirs including that of Sialkot. He emerged from obscurity after the assassination of Maharaja Sher Singh in 1843, but fell victim to the Dogra intrigue and was killed, along with Baba Bir Singh of Naurangabad, in the latter's dera on 7 May 1844, in a seige laid by the army sent by Raja Hira Singh. Kashmira Singh left one son named Fateh Singh.

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