Service No : IC70151W
Date of Birth : September 27, 1983
Place of birth : Ghaziabad, UP
Service : Army
Last Rank : Captain
Unit : 1 Para(SF)
Arm/Regt : The Corps of Signals
Awards : KC
Martyrdom : February 23, 2010
Captain Devinder Singh Jass was born on 29 September 1983, in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. Son of Sri Bhupinder Singh Jass and Smt Dalbir Kaur, Capt Jass as a young boy was energetic and helpful, who always dreamt of serving in the Armed Forces. He was good in academics too and went on to do his engineering from GLA University in Mathura and then completed his MBA from IIIT Allahabad in 2007. Capt Jass even secured a lucrative job in an MNC but opted to follow his dream and joined the Indian Military Academy.
Captain Jass was trained at the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun for a year and was then commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Corps of Signals in 2008. Capt Jass was a soldier at heart and loved an adventurous life, so decided to volunteer for Special Forces. After the grueling selection process and training, Capt Jass was inducted into the elite 1 Parachute Regiment in January 2009. The soldiers of 1 Para(SF) are known for their gallantry and daredevil commando operations in very challenging situations. Capt Jass was happy to be part of this elite force and was later posted to Kupwara in J & K in November 2009.
Sopore Operation: 23 Feb 2010
On 22 Feb 2010, the security forces received information from intelligence sources about the presence of militants in Chinkipora village in Sopore district in J & K. It was decided to launch a search and destroy operation to nab the hardcore militants and the task was assigned to 1 Para(SF) unit. Capt Devinder Singh Jass was chosen to lead the operation along with his troops. Capt Jass swung into action and launched the operation in the wee hours of 23 Feb 2010. The militants were hiding in a residential building in the suspected area, which was cordoned off in a well-planned move.
On being challenged the militants opened fire at the troops and a fierce gun battle ensued. At 4.45 AM the assault team led by Capt Jass decided to storm the suspected building. The militants had anticipated this action and had positioned themselves at vantage points inside the building. They were heavily armed and were sizable in numbers. When Capt Jass and his troops stormed the building and moved forward to open the door, they were attacked from various directions, with militants using automatic weapons and hand grenades. A heavy exchange of fire followed and Capt Jass managed to kill two militants in a daring action.
However, during the gun battle, Capt Jass and two of his soldiers got seriously injured and later succumbed to their injuries. Besides Capt Jass the other martyred soldiers included Naik Selva Kumar P and Paratrooper Imtiaz Ahmad Thoker (Both of them were later awarded “Sena Medal” posthumously). Capt Jass displayed outstanding courage and leadership during the operation and laid down his life in the service of the nation. Capt Devinder Singh Jass was given the nation’s second-highest peace time gallantry award, “Kirti Chakra” for his exceptional grit, determination, unfaltering leadership and supreme sacrifice.
Captain Devinder Singh Jass is survived by his father Sri Bhupinder Singh Jass, mother Smt Dalbir Kaur and sister Harpreet Kaur.
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Your suprem sacrifice always will be remembered sir …
Col Pawan Sharma,Retd.2023at6:58 pm
Almighty bless the brave heart soul with everlasting Peace.His parents and dependants be blessed with long lasting efforts to contribute to the defence of our country.
Brave son of our soil.Great sacrifice.Salute