Service No : 12375

Date of Birth : Nov 03, 1939

Place of Birth : Faridabad, Haryana

Service : Army

Last Rank : Second Lieutenant

Unit : 4 Rajput

Arm/Regt : The Rajput Regiment

Operation : Indo-China war 1962

Date of Missing : Nov 21, 1962

2nd Lt Chattrapati Singh

Second Lieutenant Chattrapati Singh, hailing from Badrola village of Ballabgarh tehsil of Faridabad district in Haryana, which was named as East Punjab before. He was son of Retd army officer Lt Col Girdhari Singh and Smt. Godha Devi, a house wife. Chattrapati Singh was second among five siblings. Chattrapati Singh after his matriculation, before getting selected for National Defence Academy training,  completed his 12th in Dehradun. He joined  NDA and thereafter went to IMA at Dehradun in the year 1960.

 

2nd Lt Chattrapati Singh was fascinated with the Army life and nursed the idea of joining the armed forces since his childhood. He followed his dream after the college education and got commissioned into Indian Army. Besides being a tough and a dedicated soldier, he was an excellent sportsman and had been participating in various sports events from his school days.

 

In 1960, Second Lieutenant  Chattrapati Singh was commissioned into the same 4 Rajputs of The Rajput Regiment, where his father commanded as Lieutenant Colonel  and had  fought in II World war under Kashmir Operations,  he was also a winner of ‘Vir Chakra’ the third highest gallantry award of India, Mahaveer Chakra and bar.

 

 Indo-China war : 21st Nov 1962

 

During 1962 Indo-China war, 2nd Lt Chattrapati Singh’s unit was deployed in the The North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA) region. On 21st Nov 1962, Second Lieutenant Chhatrapati Singh was the part of a team which fought a much larger chinese army contingent  and got perished before inflicting massive casualty to them.

 

No.4 Rajput were coming back to their Battalion HQ after defending a bridge which was enroute to the retreating Indian contingent from Se La. The commanding officer of 2nd Lt Chattrapati Singh’s Unit, Lt Col Awasthy, had decided to take the route through Lagyala Gompa, the last monastery  located on a high feature overlooking the Morshing Valley. Unfortunately a 500 strong Chinese unit had already moved in behind and one group was waiting in ambush at Lagyala Gompa. As the Indian contingent approached the Gompa they came under heavy fire from the Chinese. Indian contingent  hit back ferociously. They could have probably chosen to fall back and look for another way around but decided to fight the Chinese. Although lacking heavy firepower the CO decided to  launch a 2 pronged counter attack. The battle was fierce and the Chinese annoyed by the casualties they were taking tried to isolate the commanding officer and cut him off. But Avasthy’s men surrounded their gallant leader and fought to the bitter end. Finally it came down to hand to hand combat and after a few hours the Chinese prevailed due their disproportionately large number. At the end more than 200 Chinese got killed whereas all the  126 Indian soldiers also died or wounded. Among them were 2nd Lt Chattrapati Singh and his fellow officers. The Chinese dug a mass grave for the Indians and left a flattened ration tin with the names of the officers. After the ceasefire the bodies were retrieved.

 

Second Lt Chattrapati Singh (22) laid down his life while serving the nation. He is survived by his sister Kamal Singh. 

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