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SUBEDAR BAHADUR SINGH: VIR CHAKRA

Subedar Bahadur Singh was born on 10th January 1953 and belonged to the Digiana village in J&K. He joined the Army at the age of 18 years in 1971. He was recruited into 12 JAK LI of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment. As the Kargil operations commenced in early May 1999, his unit 12 JAK LI was moved to the Batalik sector to take part in the operation. 

Service Number JC-203851 
Place of Birth Jammu 
Rank Subedar 
Unit 12 JAK LI 
Regiment J&K Light Infantry 
Award  Vir Chakra 
Date of Martyrdom 11th June 1999 

After the intrusions were detected in the Batalik-yaldor area in the first week of May 1999, HQ 70 Infantry Brigade, part of 3 Inf Div was given control of the sector. The Brigade assumed the responsibility on 8th May 1999 with 12 JAK LI, 1/11 GR, 10 Para (SF), and Ladakh Scouts battalions. It was decided to first drive a wedge in the enemy intrusion area by opening a corridor to the LOC through Junk Lungpa. This task given to 12 JAK LI along with 10 Para (SF) and a company of Ladakh Scouts was completed by 3rd June 1999. Subedar Bahadur Singh as an experienced Junior Commissioned Officer of 12 JAK LI played an important role in this operation. After securing the corridor it was decided to capture Point 5203 on the eastern flank. An attack was planned with the elements of 12 JAK LI, 10 Para, and Ladakh Scouts. The attack commenced on 07/08 June 1999 and by the next day morning, a portion of Point 5203 top was captured. One such mission was launched on 11th June 1999 wherein Subedar Bahadur Singh’s platoon was tasked to neutralize one of the enemy positions at an altitude of approximately 17,400 feet. Subedar Bahadur Singh stealthily outflanked the enemy from the North and gained proximity to the enemy. Although the enemy was well entrenched in a dominating position, Subedar Bahadur Singh fearlessly fired back, killing two enemy soldiers on the spot. A fierce gun battle ensued thereafter and Subedar Bahadur Singh sustained a bullet injury. However, he refused to be evacuated and continued to fire back at the enemy until he succumbed to his injuries.  

Subedar Bahadur Singh was given the gallantry award, ‘Vir Chakra’ for his outstanding bravery, fighting spirit, devotion to duty, and supreme sacrifice.  

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