Sardar Sahib Sardar Harkishan Singh of Marake , was born in 1878 into a Sandhu Jat family, he was the youngest son of Sardar Gurdit Singh of Marake, In his early career, he served as an Inspector in the Police Force in Bengal. In 1915, he was deputed to investigate the Mutiny in the 23rd Cavalry of the Bengal Regiment, which ended in 17 men of the regiment ordered to be hanged, and five others sentenced to life imprisonment. Harkishan Singh was highly praised for his conduct in handling the inquiry with sheer professionalism and ability by his superior officers in Calcutta. He was also involved in the investigation into the Budge Budge Riot of 1914, which is notoriously associated with the Komagata Maru incident. When the ship had landed on its return from Vancouver, British troops tried to arrest the ringleaders on board, who had resisted but 19 men were killed.The remaining passengers were put under surveillance during the First World War, the incident became to be known at the Budge Budge riot. Harkishan Singh excelled in his police duties and was granted the title of ‘Sardar Sahib’ by His Excellency the Viceroy and Governor-General of India, for his excellent service in the Indian Army and Police Force in 1917.He was also commended for his investigation in the infamous Lahore Conspiracy case of 1915. Later, he rendered valuable service during the royal tour of India, by His Highness, the Duke of Connaught, Arthur William Patrick Albert (1850-1942) in 1921. He had retired as Deputy Superintendant of Police at Lahore. He died in 1957, He was survived by his three sons; Sohan Singh, Jaswant Singh and Raghbir Singh.


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