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There is a mention of rescue of 2200 women in the book "Jassa Singh Ahluwalia - The Forgotten Hero of Punjab" by Sumant Damija. Along with women, male prisoners were also freed.

The book goes into details of this operation, conducted by Sardar Jassa Singh jee Ahluwalia. Three contingents of Sikhs attacked Abdali near river Beas. One was responsible for rescuing the women (some were in cages and some on animals). The operation was conducted very swiftly by the Sikhs (within an hour), who then retreated into the Lakhi jungle.

Sardar Jassa Singh jee Ahluwalia earned the sobriquet of "Bandi Chor" after this humane act. This courageous act is remembered in some parts of Maharastra.

Another piece of evidence which points to the authenticity of this event is the presence of Maratha surnames in Fatehabad (capital of Ahluwalia Misal). A few women were rejected by their families, as they were considered impure. They then came back to settle in the area and intermarried with the local Jatts.

 

Bhul chuk maaf

 

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It is true that Sardar Jassa Singh rescued some of the Hindu women ( mostly Maratha women being  part of the pilgrims who had accompanied Maratha troop which fought historical  massive battle against Afghani  Ahmad Shah Abdali at Panipat) from the clutches of  Abdali returning on way to Kandhar.  But the  exact number is not ascertained.  Most probably about 2000 women must have been rescued as there were about 2000 to 2500 Sikh  cavalry fighters. It is ascertained that most of them must have rescued one woman each . Since the captives were at the rear end  resting at the bank of river Sutlej near Goindwal and the attack took place  in night and before Abdali's  forces could alert and retaliated , the Sikhs ran away  riding the horses with the women. 

Ironically,  one rescued woman  Kashi Bai  was the maternal grand mother of the great warrior Hari Singh Nalwa (a commander in chief of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh ).         She was rescued by Hardas Singh belonging to the troop of  Sardar Jassa Singh. The woman was alone and  where about of her parents and relatives in Maharastra  was not known .  Hardas Singh ultimately married to her and later they had a daughter named Dharma Kaur who was the mother of  Hari Singh Nalwa who fought and won many battles against Afghans.   

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On 2/25/2019 at 8:37 AM, Mani Bhushan Sinha said:

It is true that Sardar Jassa Singh rescued some of the Hindu women ( mostly Maratha women being  part of the pilgrims who had accompanied Maratha troop which fought historical  massive battle against Afghani  Ahmad Shah Abdali at Panipat) from the clutches of  Abdali returning on way to Kandhar.  But the  exact number is not ascertained.  Most probably about 2000 women must have been rescued as there were about 2000 to 2500 Sikh  cavalry fighters. It is ascertained that most of them must have rescued one woman each . Since the captives were at the rear end  resting at the bank of river Sutlej near Goindwal and the attack took place  in night and before Abdali's  forces could alert and retaliated , the Sikhs ran away  riding the horses with the women. 

Ironically,  one rescued woman  Kashi Bai  was the maternal grand mother of the great warrior Hari Singh Nalwa (a commander in chief of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh ).         She was rescued by Hardas Singh belonging to the troop of  Sardar Jassa Singh. The woman was alone and  where about of her parents and relatives in Maharastra  was not known .  Hardas Singh ultimately married to her and later they had a daughter named Dharma Kaur who was the mother of  Hari Singh Nalwa who fought and won many battles against Afghans.   

Interesting. Do you have any sources for that? 

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