Service No : IC12701H

Date of Birth : 02 Jul 1939

Place of Birth : Kangra Dist, (HP)

Service: Army

Last Rank : Captain

Last Unit : 2 Garh Rif

Arm/Regt : The Garhwal Rifles

Operation : Op Riddle

Awards : MVC

Date of Martyrdom : 05 Aug 1965

Capt Chander Narain Singh MVC

Captain Chander Narain Singh hailed from Ram Nagar village in Dharamshala tehsil of Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh. He was born on 2nd July 1939 in the military family of Captain Balwan Singh who served in JK state forces and hailed from Thalora Mandi in Samba district of J&K. Later the family shifted to Dharamshala after partition. As a son of a soldier, Capt Chander Narain Singh followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the army at the age of 21 years on 11 June 1961.  He was commissioned into the  Garhwal Rifles regiment, an infantry regiment well known for its gallant soldiers.

 

Poonch Sector: 05 Aug 1965

 

During Aug 1965, Capt Chander Narain Singh’s unit was deployed in the Poonch sector in J & K and was engaged in an intense fight with the enemy forces to capture and hold on to the strategically important ground features. On 5th August 1965, his unit  got information that some Pakistani soldiers had infiltrated in the Poonch area and were seen around the location of the Brigade Headquarters.

 

On getting his orders, Capt Chander dispatched his patrol team immediately in the evening at 18.30 hours to carry out a search operation.  Around at 19.30 hours, an encounter with the Pakistani infiltrators commenced wherein Pakistanis started firing using the heavy & light machine guns, mortars, and grenades from a higher position. However, Capt Chander ordered his patrol to take their positions and fire back at enemies. He instructed his soldiers to keep firing and  keep the enemy pinned down while he himself  crawled towards one of the flanks to engage the enemy  perched at advantageous position. In this process, Capt Chander silenced one of the machine guns firing from the hilltop. But, the onslaught of fire continued on them. In order to neutralize the threat,  he prepared a plan to launch an attack in night  as the enemy position was too strong to conquer during the daytime.

 

At the opportune moment in the night, Capt Chander led a daring charge with a handful men within the 50 yards of the enemy position. In one rush they progressed halfway up and then paused to reorganize. While half of his patrol was engaged in cover fire, he led the other half to a flank attack on the enemy position, which was successful. During the operation, a fierce fight took place wherein six enemy soldiers were killed and many more were wounded.  However, Capt Chander Narain Singh was hit by a Light Machine Gun burst and was martyred.
 
During this operation Capt Chander Narain Singh displayed conspicuous bravery, leadership and courage in the highest traditions of the Indian Army before laying down his life. For his Gallant act of Bravery and unparalleled courage, Capt Chander Narain Singh was posthumously awarded India’s second highest gallantry award, “Maha Vir Chakra”.

The Citation for Mahavir Chakra awarded to him reads : 

 

On 5th August 1965, Captain C N Singh was detailed to search for five Pakistani soldiers who were reported to have been in Poonch area in the vicinity of a brigade HO. While so doing, the patrol party encountered heavy Pakistani light machine gun, mortar and grenade fire from a higher position and one of our other ranks were killed in this action. Undeterred by heavy enemy fire Capt. Singh took a flanking position and silenced the enemy light machine guns. Gauging the numerical enemy superiority, he took the bold decision to launch a night attack. In complete disregard for his personal safety, he led the charge with a handful of men to within 50 yards of the enemy position, in the face of heavy grenade bursts and mortar fire. He pressed home the second charge but was killed by a light machine gun burst within 10 yards of the enemy post.

In this action, six enemy soldiers were killed, many more wounded, and the enemy left behind considerable quantities of arms, ammunition, and equipment. Throughout this operation, Captain CN Singh displayed conspicuous bravery and sacrifice in the best traditions of the Indian Army.

  •  A road in his native place Ramnagar, Dharamshala has been named after him as “Chander Maarg”
  • Captain Chander Narain Singh’s memorial has been installed at his native place in Dharamshala.
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7 Comments
  • Aayush Kumar

    2018at6:06 pm Reply

    Was blessed to visit his memorial last year at Dharamshala,a grand salute to him

  • Suman Gautam

    2018at9:31 pm Reply

    We r proud of u nd great parents….great salute….

  • Reeta Jamwal Sumbria

    2019at7:56 am Reply

    I salute your valour and supreme sacrifice Brave Heart.God bless your family. Jai Hind.

    • Prashant dabral

      2020at1:22 pm

      Jai hind sahab. 2 garhwal rifle. Badri vishal lal ki jai.

  • T.Ailaiah

    2021at5:21 pm Reply

    We pay rich tributes to Capt.Chander Narain Singh for his sacrifice in defending our country.
    Warangal Exservcemen Association

    • Soffia rajput

      2021at9:51 pm

      Capt chander narayan singh sambyal was my cousin nana ji…I salute him…

  • Balbir Singh samyal

    2021at9:11 pm Reply

    Capt. chander was two years junior to me in 1955,when I was preparing FSc exam I stayed with his family at ram nagar Dharamsala for two months because there was a problem with hostel accomodation in govt college.His father capt Balwan Singh[and not balwant Singh]as quoted above had served in JK state forces and hailed from Thalora Mandi Samba distt. Jammu.He shifted to dharamsala after partition.He was a samyal Rajput,so is his son.

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