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The Katil are a Rajput clan, found in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan.

History and origin

Their founder Raja Karet, driven from the plains of Punjab by Mahmud of Ghazna, settled in Mangla Devi, a fort in Jammu. One of his descendents took to robbery in the forest near the town of Samba, and thence seized a Sambial girl, so her kinsmen gave him a large tract of land in Shakargarh tehsil.[1] He founded the town of Katli, and his descendents were called Katil. The tribe founded 360 villages, of which a 100 are found in Gurdaspur and Narowal districts, and the remainder in Jammu. The Katils claim to be Suryavanshi.They intermarry with other rajput clans,Sulehria,Minhas etc.

In the time of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, the Katils Rao, Balel, Mal and Nihala converted to Islam.[2]

Religion

The Katil of Shakargarh Tehsil are Muslim, while those of Jammu are Hindu.

References

  1. ^ A Glossary of the tribes & castes of Punjab by H. A Rose
  2. ^ A Glossary tribes and castes of Punjab by H. A Rose

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