Service No : 2450841Y

Date of Birth : February 25, 1943

Place of birth : Pathankot Dist(Pun)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Lance Naik

Unit : 3 Punjab

Arm/Regt : The Punjab Regiment

Operation : Op Cactus Lily

Awards : Vir Chakra

Martyrdom : December 5, 1971

Lance Naik Mehar Singh VrC

Lance Naik Mehar Singh was born on 25 Feb 1948 and hailed from Kharkara village in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab. Son of Shri Kirio Ram, L/Nk Mehar Singh wanted to join the Army since his younger days like any young men in Punjab. He joined the Army after completing his initial school education on 12th June 1953 at the age of 17 years. He was recruited into the 3 Punjab battalion of the Punjab Regiment, an infantry Regiment of the Indian Army well known for its intrepid soldiers and numerous battle & theater honours. 


By the year 1971, L/Nk Mehar Singh had put in around 17 years of service in the Army and had evolved into a dedicated and committed soldier. During the 1971 war, his unit got deployed in the western sector in Punjab area.


Op Cactus Lily (Indo-Pak War) : 05 Dec 1971


During Indo-Pak 1971 war, L/Nk Mehar Singh’s unit 3 Punjab was deployed on the Eastern border. Though the Indo-Pak war officially commenced on 03 Dec 1971, when the Pakistani Air Force attacked 11 Indian Air Fields, the border skirmishes had started months before that when the refugees from across the border had started pouring in as a result of atrocities committed by the Pakistani forces. Prior to the outbreak of open hostilities, 3 Punjab had been engaged in a number of operations during aggressive patrolling that had been undertaken. On 05 Dec, the battalion undertook another operation when the enemy attacked the 3 Punjab battalion positions.


At that time L/Nk Mehar Singh was manning a Medium Machine Gun. The enemy attacked in strength supported by heavy machine gun and artillery fire. L/Nk Mehar Singh sensing the gravity of the situation, realized that he had to occupy a vantage position to repulse the enemy attack effectively.  Displaying remarkable courage, L/Nk Mehar Singh came out of the trench with his machine gun to occupy a vantage position. However, while doing so, he exposed himself to the enemy fire and was hit by a bullet. Though bleeding profusely, he brought down heavy fire on the enemy. In the process, he was again hit by a machine gun burst, but he continued to fire till the attack was repulsed. But soon he succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Throughout the operation, L/Nk Mehar Singh displayed commendable bravery and fighting spirit.


Lance Naik Mehar Singh was  given the nation’s third highest gallantry award “Vir Chakra” for his raw courage, devotion to duty and act of supreme sacrifice beyond the call of duty. Lance Naik Mehar Singh is survived by his son Shri Praveen Singh, daughter-in-law Smt Rama Devi and grand children Yugraj Singh & Himani. 

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