Service No : IC-63942L

Place of birth : Sidhi Dist(MP)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Colonel

Unit : 19 Sikh LI

Arm/Regt : The Sikh LI

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Martyrdom : September 12, 2020

Colonel Manish Singh Chauhan

Colonel Manish Singh Chauhan hailed from Sidhi district in Rewa division of Madhya Pradesh.  Son of Shri Vansh Bahadur Singh ( A retired SDO in Madhya Pradesh Govt.), he did his schooling at Sainik School Rewa. While studying in the Sainik School his inclination towards the Armed Forces grew and the foundation of his future military life was laid. His resolve to join the Army grew with the age and consequently, he got selected for the prestigious NDA. In the meantime he had also got selected for NIT Kurukshetra – Batch of Civil Engineering, which he discontinued after getting selected for the NDA. He later went to  IMA Dehradun and was commissioned as a Lieutenant at the age of 22 years.


He was commissioned into 19 Sikh LI battalion of the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment, a well-known infantry Regiment with a rich history of valour and battle honours. After serving for few years, he got married to Ms Hima and the couple was blessed with two daughters. He developed into an outstanding officer with unflinching integrity, loyalty and devotion to duty. He was loved by his troops for his sensitivity to their professional and personal well-being. By the year 2020, he had been promoted to the rank of a Colonel and in May 2020, he took over as the Commanding Officer of 19 Sikh LI battalion, located in Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanpur.


Bikaner Road Accident: 12 Sept 2020


During 2020, Colonel MS Chauhan's unit was deployed in the Shahjahanpur district in Uttar Pradesh. On 12 Sep 2020, Col MS Chauhan along with Major Neeraj Sharma and two other soldiers were traveling from Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh to Bikaner in Rajasthan. Colonel MS Chauhan and his comrades were going for a forward area reconnaissance in Rajasthan. While on the way, at about 5.30 am near Jaipur National Highway in Bikaner, their vehicle overturned owing to a tyre burst, near Jodhesar village. As the vehicle overturned while moving at speed, the impact on the occupants was very severe. As a result Col MS Chauhan and other occupants too got seriously injured.


They were taken to the near by PBM government hospital, but it was too late for the doctors to save Col MS Chauhan and his comrade Major Neeraj Sharma. However the other two soldiers sitting in front of the Tata Safari vehicle later recovered after treatment as their injuries were less severe. Incidentally, Col Manish Singh Chauhan had featured in Hrithik Roshan starrer 'Lakshya' movie which had released in 2004. Col MS Chauhan was a deep rooted soldier and fine officer, who lost his life in this tragic accident. 


Col Manish Singh Chauhan is survived by his wife Smt Hima Chauhan and two daughters.

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