Service No : IC24201X

Date of Birth : April 27, 1949

Place of birth : Gwalior, (MP)

Service : Army

Last Rank : 2nd Lt

Unit : 5 Garh Rif

Arm/Regt : The Garhwal Rifles

Awards : VrC

Martyrdom : December 5, 1971

2nd Lt Jayendra Jai Singh Rane VrC

2nd Lt Jayendra Jai Singh Rane hailed from Gwalior district in Madhya Pradesh and was born on 27 April 1949. Son of Army veteran Major JS Rao Rane, he always wanted to follow into the footsteps of his father and serve in the Armed Forces. Eventually he joined the army in the year 1970 at the age of 21 years. He was commissioned into 5 Garhwal battalion of the Garhwal Rifles Regiment, an infantry regiment with a rich history of valour and battle honours.


Battle of Hilli (Indo-Pak War) : Dec 1971


During Indo- Pak 1971 war 2nd Lt Jayendra Jai Singh Rane’s unit 5 Garhwal was deployed in the Eastern Sector. The unit was deployed near Hilli a strategic border town of the erstwhile East Pakistan under the operational control of 202 Mountain Brigade. Though the Indo-Pak war officially commenced on 03 Dec 1971, when the Pakistani Air Force attacked 11 Indian Air Fields, the border skirmishes had started months before that when the refugees from across the border had started pouring in as a result of atrocities committed by the Pakistani forces. 202 Mountain Brigade functioning under operational control of 20 Mountain Division was tasked to capture Hilli in November 1971. The battle of Hilli turned out to be the most savagely fought battle in the Eastern sector. The battle of Hilli was fought over two phases; first from 22 Nov to 24 Nov and second phase from 10 Dec to 11 Dec 1971. 2nd Lt Jayendra Jai Singh Rane’s unit 5 Garhwal along with 8 Guards and 22 MLI were committed by 202 Mtn Bde for this battle with the support of Artillery and armour. 


As part of ongoing operations as part of this battle, 5 Garhwal was tasked to capture an enemy post on 5th Dec. 2nd Lt Rane who was Commanding a company of 5 Garhwal was ordered to undertake this assignment. 2nd Lt Rane along with his soldiers launched the attack on the enemy post as planned on 05 Dec 1971. However the company got pinned down by heavy enemy fire. During the exchange of fire, 2nd Lt Rane got seriously wounded in one leg, but he manoeuvred one platoon to a flank so as to extricate the other two platoons. While doing so, he got shot in his other leg too. But with complete disregard for his own life, he continued to conduct the fight to extricate his men. However he later succumbed to his wounds and was martyred in the midst of battle. 2nd Lt Rane was a gallant soldier and determined officer who led his men from the front and laid down his life at the age of 22 years in the line of his duty. 


2nd Lt Jayendra Jai Singh Rane was given the gallantry award “Vir Chakra”, for his exceptional courage, indomitable spirit and supreme sacrifice during the war.

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  • Brig Prakash T Ghogale

    2021at12:13 pm Reply

    2 Lt JJS Rane of 5 Garhwal Rifles was a valiant colleague of mine who was killed in the Battle of Hilli in the Bogra Sector of Bangladesh. My unit 8 Guards was also part of the same Brigade and as a Veteran who knew him and participated in the battle, one is aware of his bravery and sacrifice for the nation! God bless the soul of this Braveheart!

  • Prashant dabral

    2021at11:01 am Reply

    Jai hind sahab. Badri vishal lal ki jai. 5 Garhwal Rifle. Inspirational to all Garhwali Bhulas.

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