Service No : 14495821F

Birth Place: Gurdaspur, Punjab

Service: Army

Last Rank: Lance Naik

Service Years: 1985 - 2016

Unit: 1055 DSC PL

Arm/Regt : Defence Security Corps

Awards : Sena Medal

Date of Martyrdom: Jan 03, 2016

Lance Naik Kulwant Singh SM

Lance Naik Kulwant Singh was a soldier in the Indian Army and served in the Defence Security Corps. He was martyred during the 2016 Pathankot attack.


Lance Naik Kulwant Singh was from Punjab and resided in Chak Sharif village of Gurdaspur district, close to Pathankot. His family says he was very patriotic and a poet at heart and used to write patriotic songs. He joined the army at the young age of 19 and he retired in 2004. In the same year, he joined the DSC. He was posted in Odisha and shortly before the attack in January, he was transferred to Pathankot. He was very happy as this was the first time in his 30 years of service that he was posted close to his family. He has a wife and two sons. During this time, he could not possibly predict the tragedy that would befall. The terrible attack dawned upon the air base at Pathankot in the wee hours of 2nd January.



On 2nd January 2016, the Pathankot Air Force Station of the Indian Air Force was attacked by a heavily armed group. They were disguised in Indian Army uniforms and hid in the elephant grass. Upon infiltrating the base, they advanced towards the area where the high-value asset vehicles were kept but were soon intercepted by the Indian security forces. In the ensuing 15-hour gun battle, 4 attackers and Lance Naik Singh along with one other troop from the Defence Security Corps were killed. On the 3rd of January, a commando of the elite IAF’s special Garud unit was killed.


The following morning, on the 4th of January, an explosion killed Lt. Col. Niranjan of the National Security Guard (NSG) during combing operations, and two others were injured. Five National Investigation Agency officials reached the airbase. Combing operations were conducted and the army, NSG, IAF, paramilitary forces and Punjab Police were all involved.


The operation went on until the 5th of January when the last attacker was reportedly neutralized. In the entire exchange, 7 security personnel, one civilian and 4-6 attackers were killed. The operation launched to eliminate this threat by the India Army was called ‘Operation Dhangu’.


L/ Nk Kulwant Singh displayed the most commendable bravery and made his nation proud. His brave sacrifice and steadfast devotion would continue to be remembered in times to come. He was awarded Sena Medal posthumously for his bravery in August 2016.

  • His entire village paid rich tribute to him at his funeral, which was also attended by various political leaders as a mark of respect.
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