Service No : SS14587P
Date of Birth : August 1, 1922
Service : Army
Last Rank : Captain
Arm/Regt : The Sikh Light Infantry
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Awards : KC
Martyrdom : July 28, 1956
Capt Mehta Singh was born on 01 Aug 1922 and hailed from Punjab. He joined the Army at the age of 20 years and was commissioned into 3 Sikh LI battalion of the the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment, a regiment known for its fearless soldiers and various battle honours.
Nagaland Operation : July 1956
During the year 1956, Capt Mehta Singh's unit 3 Sikh LI was deployed in Kohima in Nagaland. During that period a number of Naga militants were active in the AOR(Area of Operation) of the unit. Consequently the unit troops were engaged in counter-insurgency operations on a regular basis. In late June 1956, the security forces received information from intelligence sources about the presence of Naga militants in Khonama village (the village of Naga leader AZ Phizo). The militants were suspected to have taken over the higher portion of the village. A decision was taken to send 'D' company of 3 Sikh LI under the leadership of Capt Mehta Singh to the besieged village.
Capt Mehta Singh and his men held on to the lower half of the village for over a month with sheer dauntless courage and determination. As the area was surrounded by the hostiles, it was very difficult to organize supplies for the troops. It was achieved through strong patrols and sometimes by air drop. After a month , a company of 17 Rajput was sent to relieve the 3 Sikh LI company in the late July 1956. On 28 July 1956, On seeing the large concentration of 17 Rajput soldiers, the Naga militants took aggressive positions to retaliate. Capt Mehta Singh assessing the gravity of the situation decided to launch an offensive against the militants.
In the ensuing hand to fight, Capt Mehta Singh led from the front and managed to push back the militants. He displayed outstanding courage and leadership during the operation and achieved the objective. However during the exchange of fire Capt Mehta Singh received LMG burst in his stomach and got seriously injured. He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Capt Mehta Singh was given the nation’s second highest peace time gallantry award, ”Ashok Chakra" Class II, (now known as Kirti Chakra) for his exceptional courage, leadership, devotion to duty and supreme sacrifice.