Service No: 21000424F
Place of Birth : Gurdaspur dist (Pun)
Last Rank: Gunner
Unit : 45 RR/221 Fd Regt
Arm/Regt : The Regiment of Artillery
Date of Martyrdom : 13 Jan 2020
Gnr Ranjit Singh Salaria hailed from Sidhapur village in Dinanagar tehsil of Gurdaspur district of Punjab, Son of Shri Harbans Singh Salaria and Smt. Reena Devi, Gnr Ranjit Singh came from a very humble background and was second among three siblings. Gnr Ranjit Singh was passionate about joining the armed forces since his early childhood and continued to follow his passion while growing up. Eventually, he joined the army in the year-2015 at the age of 21-years. He was recruited into 221 Fd Regt of the Regiment of Artillery, a very crucial combat arm of the Indian army.
After completing his initial training, Gnr Ranjit Singh was posted to Uttarkhand and then was transferred to J&K. After serving for few years, Gnr Ranjit Singh got married to Ms. Diya Kumari on 26th Jan 2019 and the couple was blessed with a daughter in Nov 2019. Later, Gnr Ranjit Singh was deputed to serve with 45 RR Bn deployed in J&K for counter-insurgency operations.
Machhil Sector Avalanche: 13 Jan 2020
During 2019-20, Gnr Ranjit Singh was serving with 45 RR Bn deployed in the Kupwara district of J&K. The AOR (Area Of Responsibility) of the Bn ran along the LOC which was also prone to infiltration from across the border. Besides undertaking planned counter-insurgency and counter-infiltration operations, the unit launched regular armed patrols to monitor its area. Gnr Ranjit Singh was part of one such patrol on 13th Jan 2020 in Machhil Sector. The designated route of the patrol passed through the rugged area and was also prone to avalanches. As the patrol was traversing through the assigned route, it was struck by a horrific avalanche.
The avalanche took the soldiers by surprise and did not give them enough time to react. Nk Purushottam and his comrades got swept away and buried under tons of snow. A rescue operation was launched by the army on a war footing. Though the rescue operation got hampered by the implement weather, the team managed to extricate a few of the buried soldiers. However, Gnr Ranjit Singh and four of his fellow soldiers, Nk Purushottam, Nk Rameshwar Lal Chaudhary, Sep Chandrabhan Chaurasla & Rfn Laxman BC could not be saved and were martyred.
Gnr Ranjit Singh Salaria was a gallant and determined soldier who laid down his life in the line of his duty at the age of 26-years. He is survived by his father Shri Harbans Singh Salaria, mother Smt. Reena Devi Salaria, wife Smt. Diya Kumari Salaria, daughter Sanvi, sister Smt Jyoti Devi and brother Shri Surjeet Singh Salaria.
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