Service No : 13625231Y
Place of Birth : Uttarakhand
Last Rank : Havildar
Unit : 4 Para (SF)
Arm/Regt : The Parachute Regiment
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Date of Martyrdom : 05 Apr 2020
Hav Devendra Singh hailed from Tinsoli village in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. Son of Shri Bhupal Singh and Smt Indra Devi, he joined the Army after completing his school education. He belonged to the 4 Para (SF) battalion of the Parachute Regiment, an elite infantry Regiment well known for its daredevil para commandos and numerous bold operations.
Operation Randori Behak : 01-05 April 2020
During Apr 2020, Hav Devendra Singh’s unit was deployed in the Kashmir valley for counter-insurgency operations. Hav Devendra Singh in his fairly long service had taken part in numerous challenging operations and had gained substantial experience in counter insurgency operations. Based on the information from the intelligence sources about the infiltration attempt by the terrorists in Kupwara district, the security forces launched “Op Randori Behak” on 01 Apr 2020. The soldiers deployed in Karen sector repeatedly picked up and lost track of the terrorists as they infiltrated across the Line of Control. On 03 April the troops picked up the trail at 4:30 pm and again at 6:30 pm on 04 April 4. It was then decided to launch Para commandos by dropping them by air near the suspected area. Hav Devendra Singh became part of this operation launched by 4 Para(SF) battalion. Based on the information gathered through UAV(Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) of the Army intelligence network, the operation was planned on 05 Apr 2020 to foil an infiltration attempt in the Karen sector. As the suspected area was snow covered and inaccessible the assault team was planned to be air dropped to integrate an element of surprise too in the operation.
The two squads of the elite para commandos led by Sub Sanjiv Kumar were air dropped in the suspected area as planned in poor visibility conditions. But soon, the team spotted the footsteps of the terrorists in the snow and decided to follow the trail. As the soldiers were following the snow bound trail, at one point the hardened snow under their feet gave way plunging three members of the team into a nullah. However the soldiers after tumbling down reached a place very near to the hideout of the terrorists. A fierce gun battle followed immediately as the soldiers came face to face with the infiltrators. Seeing their comrades under heavy fire, the other two soldiers who had managed to evade the collapsing snow also rushed to the place of action. In the ensuing heavy exchange of fire the para commandos managed to eliminate all the five terrorists.
However as it was a combat at very close quarters, the soldiers too received multiple gun shots and got seriously injured. Three soldiers succumbed to their injuries and were martyred in the battle zone itself. The other two soldiers were air lifted to a nearby military hospital but they too succumbed to their grievous injuries and were martyred. Besides Hav Devendra Singh the other martyred soldiers included Sub Sanjiv Kumar, Paratrooper Bal Krishan, Paratrooper Amit Kumar and Paratrooper Chhatrapal Singh. Hav Devendra Singh was a gallant and devoted soldier who laid down his life in the line of his duty.
Hav Devendra Singh was given the gallantry award, “Sena Medal” on 26 Jan 2021 for his exceptional courage, devotion to duty, and supreme sacrifice.
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