Who Betrayed Sikh Empire?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

A Sikh commander, Tej Singh, was responsible for betraying the Sikh Empire, causing them to lose the First Anglo-Sikh War to the British. After the death of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the Sikh court was divided, with each side competing with the other. The only two times that generals betrayed their own armies were during the Anglo-Sikh Wars of 1845 and 1848.

Betrayal of the Sikh Empire

The death of Maharaja Ranjit Singh was a significant point in Sikh history. The death of Sher-e-Punjab divided the Sikh court and Punjab into multiple factions.

  • Tej Singh belonged to the faction that backed Raja Gulab Singh of Jammu, who was against starting a war with the British.
  • Duleep Singh’s mother Rani Jindan, however, gave him the order to march against the British.
  • At the Battle of Sobraon, General Tej Singh crossed the pontoon bridge that separated the Sutlej river’s two flanks.
  • This resulted in the capture and destruction of the Sikh Army on the other side of the bank and the British army winning the battle.


Who Betrayed Sikh Empire?

The First Anglo-Sikh War was won by the British as a result of Tej Singh, a Sikh commander, betraying the Sikh Empire in the Battle of Sobraon. There were two rival factions in the Sikh court after Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s passing.

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