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SUBEDAR AJIT SINGH: MAHA VIR CHAKRA

Subedar Ajit Singh was born on 8th April 1933 to Shri Ujagar Singh and hailed from Sobhana village in the Jalandhar district of Punjab. He joined the Army at the age of 19 years and was recruited to the Sikh Regiment on 23rd May 1952. During the Indo-Pak war in 1965, Sub Ajit Singh’s unit, 4 Sikh, was deployed in the Punjab sector.   

Service Number JC-18340 
Place of Birth Jalandhar, Punjab 
Rank Subedar 
Unit 4 Sikh 
Regiment Sikh Regiment  
Award Maha Vir Chakra 
Date of Martyrdom 6th September 1965 

The battalion was assigned the task of capturing the Burki village in Pakistan. The troops decided to take the frontal approach on 6th September 1965. The enemy opened up with its mortars, artillery, and automatic weapons from the village. The enemy fire was coming from the entire front of the village and also from the Ichhogil Canal Bank. Subedar Ajit Singh was assigned the task of destroying the gun emplacement which was holding up the Indian attack. In complete disregard of his safety, the Subedar Ajit Singh charged the emplacement single-handedly. Though wounded in the chest by a burst of a medium machine gun, he pressed home the attack and destroyed the post by lobbing a grenade through a loophole in the emplacement. Subedar Ajit Singh later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred.  

Subedar Ajit Singh was awarded the nation’s second-highest gallantry award ‘Maha Vir Chakra’ posthumously for displaying exceptional bravery. 

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