Service No : IC-48171

Date of Birth: Aug 16, 1968

Service: Army

Last Rank: Captain

Unit: 9 Para

Arm/Regt : The Parachute Regiment

Operation : Op Rakshak (J&K)

Award: AC,SM

Date of Martyrdom : Sep 15, 1995

Capt Arun Singh Jasrotia AC,SM

Captain Arun Singh Jasrotia was born in Sujanpur in Pathankot district of Punjab, on 16 August 1968. The only son of an Army veteran Lt Col Prabhat Singh Jasrotia and Satya Devi, Capt Arun Singh Jasrotia belonged to the family of war veterans. Besides his father , his grandfather too served in the Army and retired as a Lt Col with 2 Dogra Regiment.
 
 
Capt Arun also had a dream to wear 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 was commissioned into 8 Bihar Regiment on 17 December 1989. During his initial service, Capt Arun took part in “Op Rakshak” under 8 Mountain Division and 28 Inf Div sector and proved his mettle as a professional and committed soldier. He was awarded Sen Medal for his exceptional service and devotion to duty. Later Capt Arun was inducted into 9 Para (Special Forces) a unit known for daredevil operations in very demanding situations.
 
 
Lolab Valley Operation: 15 Sep 1995 
 

During 1995, Captain Arun Singh Jasrotia’s unit was deployed in J & K area for anti-insurgency operations. On 15 Sep 1995, Capt Arun’s unit had received credible information from intelligence sources about 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 about nearly ten hours the team reached the general area at a height 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. Captain 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 near 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 martyred and he was awarded the nation’s highest peace time gallantry award “Ashok Chakra” for his outstanding courage, devotion to duty and supreme sacrifice. Punjab government also conferred Captain 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 an.d Mrs Satya Devi.

The citation for the Ashoka Chakra awarded to Capt Arun Singh Jasrotia reads:

On 15th September 1995 Captain Jasrotia, SM of 9 PARA (SF) while leading his team in Lolab Valley, J&K came under heavy rocket and small arm fire. In order to extricate his men, this brave officer crawled forward and in-spite of being injured gravely killed one terrorist with his commando knife and neutralized the other terrorist by lobbing grenades. His brave and gallant action gave opportunity for his comrades to take cover and engage the remaining terrorists effectively. In the ensuing firefight, the brave officer succumbed to his injuries. However, in retaliation, the commandos eliminated all remaining terrorists. For his gallant action, Captain Arun Jasrotia was awarded the highest peacetime gallantry award of ASHOKA CHAKRA posthumously.

  • Lt Col Prabhat Singh Jasrotia father of Capt Arun Singh Jasrotia while paying tribute to his son said, “the glint of his son’s eyes can’t be missed and he was proud to have a son like him who truly belonged to their family of war veterans”.
  • The letter by then US envoy Frank Wisner to Capt Arun Singh Jasrotia’s father:   In a letter to Capt Arun Jasrotia’s father, Wisner wrote: “I admired you as you took the award in his memory. I met your son when I visited the Special Forces unit in Dehradun in June 1995 and I was most impressed by his professionalism.”
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3 Tributes
  • R.minhas - Hoshiarpur,Punjab

    2018 at 2:18 pm Reply

    Well done by an officer!

  • Abhinav Sharma - Kangra,Himachal Pradesh

    2018 at 8:53 am Reply

    Grand Salute, Sir.

  • Sunil Lamba - Gautam Buddha Nagar,Uttar Pradesh

    2018 at 11:01 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

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