Gunner Nilesh hailed from his ancestral village of Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh. He aimed to join the Indian Army in his early ages. And he stood up to his aim and joined Indian Army in December 2013. He served many years with his parent unit and then went to serve with Rashtriya Rifles. There he was posted on 34 RR. The Rashtriya Rifles had a special task of neutralizing terrorists in the valley and other areas of J&K.
|Place of Birth
|Date of Martyrdom
|1st April 2018
On 31st Mar 2018, their unit got specific inputs of some 5-6 terrorists hiding in the Shopian district. Then a decision was made to launch an operation to nab them and proper planning was made by the commander. The team comprises soldiers of CRPF, 34 RR, and J&K police. Our security forces cordoned the suspected area. After sensing danger, terrorists fired upon the security forces, which led to the start of an encounter between the two parties. The terrorists were in an advantageous position as they were hiding in a multi-Storey building. It was difficult for the forces to neutralize them by just firing from outside. So, they decided to challenge terrorists by entering the building in a close faceoff, which was a very difficult task, but our brave soldiers went on to go for it. That move got to complete the operation successfully by killing all of four terrorists, but unfortunately, we also lost three of our soldiers from 34 RR, Gunner Arvinder Kumar, Gunner Nilesh Singh, and Sepoy Hetram. They initially got serious injuries and were taken to hospital, but there they succumbed to their injuries.
Gunner Nilesh Singh was a very dedicated soldier to his duty and was well respected by his juniors.