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MAJ HARMINDER PAL SINGH: SHAURYA CHAKRA

Major Harminder Pal Singh was born to an army veteran Captain Harpal Singh and Smt Surinder Pal Kaur. He belonged to Mundi Kharar village in the Ropar district of Punjab. He joined the Indian Army in 1992. He was commissioned into 18 Grenadiers of the Grenadiers Regiment.  

Service Number IC-54690 
Place of Birth Ropar, Punjab 
Rank Major 
Unit 18 Grenadiers 
Regiment The Grenadiers 
Award Shaurya Chakra  
Date of Martyrdom 13th April 1999 

In April 1999, Major Harminder’s unit was deployed in the Baramulla district of J&K for counterinsurgency operations. On 13th April 1999, Major Harminder’s unit received some information about the presence of some militants in Khan Mohalla in the Sudarkut Bala village, in the Baramulla district of J&K. Major Harminder and his team launched a cordon and search operation. The militants opened fire from the house they were hiding. In return, the security forces also started firing and a heavy exchange of fire ensued. Major Harminder sustained a bullet injury on his left arm. Realising the seriousness of the situation Major Harminder in a daring move charged towards the side window of a room from where an effective fire was being brought down on his troops. He managed to eliminate two militants but the third militant shot him but still, he kept fighting until his last breath. 

Major Harminder displayed exceptional valour and true leadership and was awarded ‘Shaurya Chakra’ posthumously for his supreme sacrifice. 

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