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Rohilkand or Ruhelkhand (रुहेलखंड) is the area around Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, where Ruhelas established their principality during the 18th century.


Ala Singh made friends with Ali Muhammad Khan, a Hindu convert of Rampur in Rohilkand, who had been adopted by a Muhammadan officer, and who founded a Rohilla State in the country between the upper Ganges and the hills. In 1741, however, Ali Muhammad was a servant of the Empire, and had charge of the sub-division of Sirhind. Ala Singh accompanied him on several expeditions, one of them against Rai Kalha of Kot, who was defeated and fled to Pakpattan, his brother, Mokham Khan, being killed. But the Sikh Chief was too independent to be long on good terms with any Imperial officer ; and he soon saw that his residence at the Court of Ali Muhammad would be dangerous and asked for his dismissal. [1]

Struggle between Ruhella and the Jats for supremacy


  1. The Rajas of the Punjab, Being The History of the Principal States in the Punjab and their Political relations with the British Government by Lepel H. Griffin