Service No : IC-48171K

Date of Birth : August 16, 1968

Place of birth : Pathankot(Punjab)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Captain

Unit : 9 Para(SF)

Arm/Regt : The Parachute Regiment

Operation : Op Rakshak

Awards : Ashok Chakra, Sena Medal

Martyrdom : September 26, 1995

Capt Arun Singh Jasrotia AC SM

Captain Arun Singh Jasrotia hailed from Sujanpur in Pathankot district of Punjab and was born on 16 August 1968. Son of an Army veteran Lt Col Prabhat Singh Jasrotia and Smt Satya Devi, Capt Arun Singh Jasrotia belonged to the family of war veterans. Besides his father, his grandfather also served in the Army and retired as a Lt Col, having served with the Dogra Regiment. Capt Arun also had a dream to wear the Army uniform like his father and grandfather and followed his dream by joining NDA after completing his schooling at Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, in Pathankot. He joined NDA in Jan 1985 as part of 73rd Course and was assigned to "Echo" squadron. Later he went to IMA Dehradun for further training and passed out as a 2nd Lieutenant on 17 December 1989 at the age of 21 years. He was commissioned into the 8 Bihar Battalion of the Bihar Regiment, an infantry Regiment known for its gallant soldiers and numerous battle exploits.
After serving for sometime with his parent unit, he volunteered to join 9 Para(SF) battalion in 1992. 9 Para(SF) raised in 1966 as 9th Parachute Commando Battalion (now known as 9 Para(SF)), specialized in Mountain Warfare and Counter Insurgency/Counter Terrorism operations. He soon developed into a tough commando with superior soldierly skills, after having undergone various training courses viz. Mountaineering course, High Altitude Warfare course, Deep Sea Diving course, and Commando course. He also became part of a joint Indo-US underwater training program. During his initial service, Capt Arun took part in “Op Rakshak” under 8 Mountain Division and 28 Infantry Division and proved his mettle as a professional and committed soldier. In one of the operations at Tilgam in Pattan Tahsil of Baramulla district in J&K, he was instrumental in eliminating five hard core terrorists. As a result, he was awarded the ‘Sena Medal’ for his exceptional courage, leadership and devotion to duty. 
Lolab Valley Operation (J&K) : 15 Sep 1995 

During 1995, Capt Arun Singh Jasrotia’s unit was deployed in the J & K area for anti-insurgency operations. On 15 Sep 1995, Capt Arun’s unit received credible information from intelligence sources about the presence of 20 terrorists in a cave in Lolab valley. A decision was taken by the security forces to launch a search and destroy operation to nab the terrorists under the leadership of  Capt Arun. Capt Arun along with his troops swung into action and set off to an arduous climb towards the suspected hideout. After walking for about ten hours in darkness and rain, the team reached the general area at a height of approximately 3000 meters in the Lolab Valley of Jammu & Kashmir. As the team came closer to the cave, they were attacked by the militants from well-entrenched positions. Capt Arun, having realized the situation decided to face the terrorists himself and killed one with his commando knife. He killed one more terrorist with a hand grenade and lunged forward towards the cave.


While moving forward towards the cave Capt Arun got hit by a bullet in the shoulder and was grievously injured. But he refused to move back and in a rare show of courage, shot dead the terrorist who had fired at him. When he reached the cave, he was hit by two more bullets in the gut and chest and collapsed. Inspired by his bravery and leadership, the troops attacked the militants with double vigour and aggression and eliminated all of them. Capt Arun was evacuated and shifted to the nearby military hospital for treatment. Later he was shifted to the military R&R (Research and Referral) hospital in Delhi for advanced treatment. However after fighting for life for eleven days at the R & R Hospital, Delhi, he succumbed to his injuries on 26th September 1995. Capt Arun Singh Jasrotia was a gallant soldier and a fine officer, who laid down his life at the age of 27 years in the service of the nation. He was awarded the nation’s highest peacetime gallantry award “Ashok Chakra” for his outstanding courage, devotion to duty, and supreme sacrifice on 26 Jan 1996. The Punjab government also conferred Capt Arun Singh Jasrotia with the “Nishan-e-Khalsa” award in 1999.


Capt Arun Singh Jasrotia is survived by his parents Lt Col Prabhat Singh Jasrotia(Retd) and Smt Satya Devi Jasrotia.
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  • Sunil Lamba

    2023at11:52 am Reply

    Happy was his pet name very jovial guy he was my classmate in class 7&8 at KV No 1 Tezpur. Still remember Fondly. Miss u yaar Happy

  • Abhinav Sharma

    2023at11:53 am Reply

    Grand Salute, Sir.

  • R.minhas

    2023at11:54 am Reply

    Well done by an officer!

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