Date of Birth : 25 Jun 1983
Place of Birth : Jhunjhunu ( Raj)
Last Rank : Havaldar
Unit : 2 Jat
Arm/Regt : The Jat Regiment
Date of Martyrdom : 03 Dec 2019
Hav Rajendra Singh hailed from Hardiya village in Khetri tehsil of Jhunjhunu district in Rajasthan and was born on 25th Jun 1983. After completing his school education he joined the army and was recruited into 2 Jat Bn of the Jat Regiment, an infantry regiment well known for its brave soldiers. After serving for few years Hav Rajendra Singh got married to Ms. Saroj and the couple had a daughter and a son.
Avalanche Tangdhar Sector: 03 Dec 2019
During Dec 2019, Hav Rajendra Singh’s unit 2 Jat Bn was deployed in J&K. The unit troops were manning the forward posts in Tangdhara Sector of Kupwara district in J&K. The posts were located in high altitude areas with inhospitable terrain. Besides manning the stationary posts, the unit launched regular armed patrols to monitor the area between the posts. The heavy snowfall during the winter season made the task more challenging for the troops manning the posts. The area was also prone to unpredictable avalanches during the winter season. One such horrific avalanche struck the post of 2 Jat Bn on 3rd Dec 2019. Hav Rajendra Singh along with Sep Kamal Kumar and Sep Amit manning the post got swept away and buried under heaps of snow.
The avalanche took the soldiers by surprise and did not give any time to react. Avalanches usually take place due to the accumulation of snow and are triggered by morning sunlight. In other cases, when the slope of accumulated snow is between 60 to 80 degrees, the instability leads to an avalanche. Although the Army had a unit of the Snow Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) in Jammu and Kashmir, with several observatories at various locations to issue warnings and alerts to the Army formations and units, it could not detect this avalanche.
The rescue operation was launched by the army with a team equipped with specialized types of equipment. However, the soldiers buried under tons of snow could not be saved. Hav Rajendra Singh was a brave and determined soldier who laid down his life in the line of his duty. Hav Rajendra Singh is survived by his wife Smt Saroj Singh, a daughter and a son.
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