JAI SINGH OF ATARIWALA (d. 1838),was son of Sidhu Jat Chief Wazir Singh,He was a soldier and Jagirdar during Maharaja Ranjit Singh`s reign. About 1820, he was sent on a mission to Peshawar where, much to the chagrin of the Maharaja, he cultivated treacherously friendly relations with Dost Muhammad Khan, chief of Kabul. Jai Singh was soon recalled to Lahore. Fearing chastisement, he hatched a plot to assassinate the Maharaja in collusion with his cousin, Jagat Singh, and Buddh Singh Sandhawalia Of Raja Sansi, a collateral of the Maharaja.
The two Atariwala Sardars entered the Samman Burj, residence of the Maharaja, to execute their design, but could not succeed in their plan. Jai Singh fled to his Afghan friend, Dost Muhammad Khan. During the Maharaja`s campaign towards Peshawar in 1823, Jai Singh left Peshawar and came to the Maharaja`s group at Akora after the battle of Ten. The Maharaja forgave him and deputed him as one of Iris agents to arrange for a meeting with Yar Muhammad Khan and Dost Muhammad Khan. Jai Singh died in 1838.

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