Punjab 1848-49

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The campaign was the third and final undertaken against the Sikhs who, despite being defeated in 1845-46, continued to pose a threat to British interests in northern India, and when the British Resident was killed at Mooltan in 1848, war was declared. Whilst one column besieged Mooltan, another fought a bitter battle at Chilianwala, after which elements of both forces joined together and marched to Goojerat, where the Sikh army was destroyed. It is interesting to note that, despite three bitter campaigns against the British, the Sikhs became the staunchest allies of the British in India, and Sikh troops remained loyal during the Mutiny of 1857.