Thursday, October 30, 2014

Naurang Khan Gandapur

The title was conferred on nth March 1859, as a personal distinction, for very distinguished sevices during the Multan rebellion and the Mutiny of 1857. Belongs to the Gandapur (Afghan) family of Kulachi in the Dera Ismail Khan district of the Punjab. He raised 50 horse and 100 foot for service in the Multan campaign, and was desperately wounded at that time. At the close of the campaign he joined the Police, retiring on a pension after three years ; but continued to volunteer for service on the frontier, and his son, Muhammad Zaman Khan, was killed in this service. When the Mutiny broke out in 1857 he raised 600 men ; and leaving 200 foot with the Deputy Commissioner of Dera Ismail Khan, he joined Sir Herbert Edwardes with the residue at Peshawar, and marched at the head of these followers into Hindustan. He was engaged in the actions against the rebels at Jhelum, Delhi, Najafgarh, and elsewhere ; and on one occasion saved Lieutenant Lind's life by killing a Sepoy who was about to bayonet that officer when dis- mounted. For these services he received &jagir in perpetuity, 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