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 prominent champion shooter. Sub Maj Fateh Singh was a legendary 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 medal in the Big Bore Rifle Three Position and silver in Big Bore Rifle Prone Position at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in 1995. He was a 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. Initially, he was posted in the Army College in Mhow, where he used to practise in the shooting ranges. He was a part of the Army’s Marksmanship Unit in Mhow for many years and had got posted to Pathankot in 2013.
PATHANKOT ATTACK: 02 Jan 2016
On 2nd 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 hid in the elephant grass. Upon infiltrating the base, they advanced towards the area where the high-value asset vehicles were kept but were soon intercepted by the Indian security forces. In the ensuing 15-hour gun battle, 4 attackers and two security force troops from the Defence Security Corps were killed along with one commando of the elite IAF’s special Garud unit, on the 3rd.
The following morning, on the 4th of January, an explosion killed Lt. Col. Niranjan of the anti-terror force National Security Guard (NSG) during combing operations, and two others were injured. Shortly after, another explosion was reported. Five National Investigation Agency officials reached the airbase. Combing operations were conducted and the army, NSG, IAF, paramilitary forces and Punjab Police were all involved.
The operation went on until the 5th of January when the last attacker was reportedly neutralised. 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’. Sub Maj Fateh Singh lost his life in this tragic incident. He fought bravely and did not fear the enemy. He proved his love for his country and has shown his patriotism in the most inspiring way. He is survived by his daughter, Madhu and two sons, Nitin and Gurdeep. This courageous soldier will never be forgotten and will always be saluted for his ultimate sacrifice.
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