Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kalu Khan Gandapur

KALU KHAN (of Kulachi), Khan Bahadur

The title was conferred on nth March 1859. The Khan Bahadur belongs to the family of the Chief of the Gandapur clan of the Kulachi country in the Dera Ismail Khan district of the Punjab, and belongs to the Bira Khel (Afghan) tribe. In the Multan campaign of 1848-49 Kalu Khan and his father AH Khan raised a force of several hundred men of the Bira Khel tribe of Afghans, and rendered excellent service throughout the second Sikh war, for which Kalu Khan received a large pension from Government. When the Mutiny of 1857 broke out, he immediately raised a force of 200 horse and 400 foot, and leaving 200 foot with the Deputy-Commissioner of Dera Ismail Khan for the posts on the Sulaimani border, he joined Sir Herbert Edwardes with the remaining 200 horse and 200 foot at Peshawar, where he served throughout the crisis with distinguished loyalty. For this he received a valuable khilat^ a perpetual jagir, and the title of Khan Bahadur.

Source: The golden book of India, a genealogical and biographical dictionary of the ruling princes, chiefs, nobles, and other personages, titled or decorated, of the Indian empire