Last Rank: Subedar Major
Unit: 15 Dogra (DSC)
Arm/Regt : Defence Security Corps
Date of Martyrdom : Jan 03, 2016
Subedar Major Fateh Singh was a soldier in the Indian Army belonging to the Defence Security Corps and was a leading champion shooter. Sub Maj Fateh Singh was an accomplished Big Bore shooter and had made Indian proud at the 1st Commonwealth Shooting Championships held in New Delhi in 1995. He had won a gold and silver medal in the Big Bore Rifle event at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in 1995. He was a mentor and senior member of the Indian shooting team.
He retired from the army as a Subedar Major from the 15th Dogra Regiment in 2009 and joined the DSC, a force responsible for the security of various Defence Establishments. Initially, he was posted at the Army College in Mhow, where he was a part of the Army’s Marksmanship Unit for many years. Later in 2013, he got transferred to the unit located at the Air Force Base Pathankot.
Pathankot Attack: 01 Jan 2016
On 01 January 2016, the Pathankot Air Force Station of the Indian Air Force was attacked by a heavily armed group. They were disguised in Indian Army uniforms and made use of the tall elephant grass in the Air Force Base for concealing their movement. Upon infiltrating the base, they advanced towards the area where the high-value asset vehicles were kept with an intention to cause the maximum damage. But they were soon intercepted by the Indian security forces. In the ensuing 15-hour gun battle, 4 attackers and two security force personnel from the Defence Security Corps were killed along with one commando of the elite IAF’s special Guard unit.
On 03 Jan, Lt Col Niranjan, who was commanding the Bomb Disposal Unit of the National Security Guard (NSG), was martyred during combing operations to sanitize the area for safe movement of troops. The combing operation was conducted jointly by the Army , NSG, IAF, paramilitary forces, and Punjab Police. The operation went on until the 5th of January when the last attacker was reportedly neutralized. In the entire exchange, 7 security personnel, one civilian and 4-6 attackers were killed. The operation launched to eliminate this threat by the India Army was called ‘Operation Dhangu’.
On the night 02 Jan 2016 at 0330 hr, five to six heavily armed terrorists entered the lines and opened indiscriminate fire on the troops. On hearing the sound of gun shots Sub Maj Fateh Singh went outside the house to check out and got trapped in the firing by the terrorists. He got wounded seriously and later succumbed to his injuries. Sub Maj Fateh Singh was a brave and committed soldier who laid down his life in the service of the nation.
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