Service No : 3168723

Date of Birth : January 2, 1959

Place of birth : Bharatpur Dist, (Raj)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Havaldar

Unit : 17 Jat

Arm/Regt : The Jat Regiment

Operation : Op Vijay ( Kargil )

Martyrdom : July 7, 1999

Hav Bhagwan Singh Dagur

Havaldar Bhagwan Singh Dagur hailed from the Abhaurra village in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan and was born on 02nd Jan 1959. Son of Shri Choudhary Birbal Singh Dagur and Smt Rumali Devi, he completed his initial schooling from his native village. Like many young people in Rajasthan he too wanted to join the Armed Forces since his younger days. Consequently he joined the Army on 3rd August 1977 at the age of 18 years. 

 

He was  recruited into 17 Jat battalion of the Jat Regiment , an infantry Regiment well known for its fearless soldiers and various battle exploits. After serving for sometime, he got married to Ms Malti Devi. By the year 1999, he had put in around 22 years of service and had experience of working in various operational environments.

 

Battle of Point 4875 (Kargil War) : 07 Jul 1999

 

During July 1999, Hav Bhagwan Singh’s unit 17 Jat was deployed in J & K along the LOC. In May 1999, the Indian Army detected a massive infiltration by the Pakistani military and paramilitary forces in the Kargil region of Jammu and Kashmir. The army quickly mobilized its forces to drive out the Pakistani infiltrators from Indian territory. 17 Jat battalion too got deployed as part of ‘Op Vijay’ launched by the Army in response to Pakistan’s aggression. As part of operations in the area 17 Jat was tasked to secure Pt. 4875, also known as Pimple II, a strategic mountain peak on the western side of Tiger Hill which was occupied by Pakistani infiltrators. Due to its strategic location, securing Pt. 4875 was a top priority for the Indian Army. The peak, which stood at 15,990 feet above sea level, had extremely steep slopes. The eviction of Pakistani regulars from Pt 4875 in Kargil was crucial if Tiger Hill had to be recaptured. Hav Bhagwan Singh was part of Company which was given the task to secure the peak without waiting for any aerial support on 07 July 1999.

 

During the initial phase of the assault on Pt. 4875, one of the officers Maj Ritesh Sharma got injured and was evacuated. After the initial setback, the assault team split into two groups, one led by Capt Vikram Batra and other by Capt Nayyar. The Pakistani infiltrators had constructed several bunkers on Pt. 4875 and Capt Nayyar’s team, which consisted of 7 personnel, located 4 enemy bunkers. The company began to ascend Pt. 4875 during which it came under heavy artillery and mortar fire from Pakistani infiltrators. However, the troops counter-attacked, which also included hand-to-hand combat, forcing the Pakistani soldiers to retreat. During the battle, Hav Bhagwan Singh and his comrades killed 9 Pakistani soldiers and destroyed three medium machine gun bunkers. However during the fierce exchange of fire Hav Bhagwan Singh received gun shots and was seriously injured. He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Eventually the Point 4875 was secured by 17 Jat battalion. The securing of the Pimple Complex area paved the way for the recapture of Tiger Hill which finally forced Pakistan to retreat its forces to pre-conflict positions. Hav Bhagwan Singh was a gallant soldier, who laid down his life in the service of the nation, following the highest traditions of the Indian Army.

 

Hav Bhagwan Singh is survived by his father Shri Choudhary Birbal Singh Dagur, mother Smt Rumali Devi, wife Smt Malti Devi and daughter Krishna.

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