Service No : IC-45120L

Date of Birth : July 18, 1961

Place of birth : Pathankot , Punjab

Service : Army

Last Rank : Colonel

Arm/Regt : The Dogra Regiment

Operation : Op Parakram

Awards : SC Bar SM

Martyrdom : August 18, 2002

Col Kanwar Jaideep Singh Salaria SC * SM

Colonel Kanwar Jaideep Singh Salaria hailed from Pangoli village in Pathankot of Punjab and was born on 18th July 1961 into a military family.  Son of an Army veteran Col Randhir Singh and Smt Puro Devi, Col Kanwar since his younger days always wished to follow into the footsteps of his father and join the Army. He completed his schooling at St Joseph Convent Pathankot and then went on to graduate from SD College Pathankot. He then got selected to join the Army through Combined Defence Services Examination and became an officer in the year 1983 at the age of 22 years. He was commissioned into 6 Dogra of the famed Dogra Regiment, a regiment known for its fearless soldiers and a number of battle honours. After passing out of the training academy, he served in various units in different operational environments and terrain.

 

By 2002, Col Kanwar had put in over nineteen years of service and had evolved into a battle-hardened and professionally competent soldier. As a Company Commander Col Kanwar led his troops with great zeal and tenacity in various operations in the north-eastern sector and eliminated a number of terrorists. Col Kanwar was a very brave and committed soldier and proved his mettle in various operations during his service career. For his deep commitment to the service and military leadership skills, he was awarded the gallantry awards of the Sena Medal as well as Shaurya Chakra. He later assumed the charge of 6 Dogra battalion as commanding officer.

 

Nowshera Operation: 18 Aug 2002

 

Col Kanwar Jaideep Singh had taken over as Commanding Officer of 6 Dogra in early Mar 2002. His unit was deployed in a terrorist-infested area of Rajouri district and Col Kanwar had prepared his unit very well to undertake challenging operations as demanded by the existing environment. On 18th August 2002, Col Singh’s reconnaissance patrol had a chance encounter with a group of armed infiltrators in Nowshera in Rajouri district of J&K. Col Kanwar immediately swung into action and moved along with his troops to engage and eliminate the terrorists.

 

While they were pursuing the terrorists, Col Kanwar’s team came under attack from the terrorists and during the exchange of fire one of the soldiers got injured. Col Kanwar immediately diverted the attention of the terrorists and had the wounded soldier evacuated. After the successful evacuation, Col Kanwar turned his attention towards the terrorists and deployed his troops tactically to block the escape routes of the terrorists. Soon he spotted the movement of terrorists and in a superbly maneuvered daredevil action killed two terrorists. However during the heavy exchange of fire Col Kanwar also got shot in the neck and was severely injured. He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred while leading from the front like a true military leader.

 

Col Kanwar Jaideep Singh Salaria was given the gallantry award, “Shaurya Chakra” for the second time for his act of valour, unflinching courage and supreme sacrifice. He was a soldier at heart and an officer par excellence who laid down his life in the service of the nation. Col Kanwar Jaideep Singh is survived by his father Col Randhir Singh(Retd), mother Smt Puro Devi, wife, Smt Anuradha Rajput, daughter Aakanksha Salaria, and brother Shri Kanwar Kuldeep Singh Salaria.

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14 Comments
  • Ranjit Singh

    2022at10:40 am Reply

    We were from different regiments but we served together in the same outfit in Sikkim in the late 80’s. An officer and a leader of men in the true sense of the word. Loved, respected and admired by all. He left a lasting impression on all who came in contact with him.
    I left the army prematurely in 94, at a party in Kasauli we met again, perchance, in the early 2000’s. That smiling face when we said goodbye has been a lasting memory all these years. We never met again. Farewell my friend.

  • Subedar Randip singh

    2022at10:41 am Reply

    Very brave officer of indian army
    Aise officer sadiyon me aate hai
    Dhaniya hai vo maa jisne aise veer ko janam diya . Hamara bhi jeevan safal ho giya jo ki unke saath desh sewa karne ka mauka mila
    Shat shat parnam unke charno me
    Jai ho veer dogra

  • Manish salaria

    2022at10:42 am Reply

    Shrer k marne ko main maut nhi samjda,zameer da mar jana maut aa.Desh di seva krde saheed huye ha Amar ha yeh .Hum to in k nakhun k brabr bhi nhi ha.Jai Hind

  • Sunil kumar 5 dogra

    2022at10:43 am Reply

    Salute sr

  • Mukul Singh

    2022at10:44 am Reply

    Salute to the brave heart soldier!!Jai Hind

  • Balraj parmar

    2022at10:46 am Reply

    A big salute to the bravest of the brave,jai hind !!!!!!

  • Aayush Kumar

    2022at10:47 am Reply

    A grand salute to you sir.Jwala Mata ki jai,Jai Hind!!!

  • Nikita Hazarika

    2022at10:48 am Reply

    Remembering Uncle today. His sacrifice is beyond ordinary imagination. My heart goes out to Aunty and my dearest friend Aakanksha. Keeping all of you in my prayers today. Much love.
    Niki

  • Aakanksha Rathaur

    2022at10:49 am Reply

    In reply to Ritu nawani.
    Thankyou so much for your kind words.

  • Aakanksha Rathaur

    2022at10:50 am Reply

    In reply to Tanya Thakur.
    Thankyou

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