Service No : 3355332

Date of Birth : January 14, 1943

Place of birth : Amritsar Dist (Punjab)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Lance Naik

Unit : 2 Sikh

Arm/Regt : The Sikh Regiment

Operation : Op Cactus Lily

Awards : Maha Vir Chakra

Martyrdom : December 17, 1971

Lance Naik Shanghara Singh MVC

Lance Naik Shanghara Singh hailed from Chola Sahib village of Amritsar district in Punjab and was born on 14th January 1943. Son of Shri Ranga Singh and Smt Dhan Kaur, Lance Naik Shanghara Singh joined the Army at the age of 20 years on 14th January 1963. He was enrolled into 2 Sikh battalion of the Sikh Regiment, a regiment well known for its gallant soldiers and various battle honours. By 1971, Lance Naik Shanghara Singh had served for about eight years in the Army and had grown into a disciplined and committed soldier.


Indo-Pak war : 17 Dec 1971


In the last month of 1971, India had to go to war with Pakistan as genocide in the eastern side of erstwhile Pakistan had posed an unprecedented problem of influx of millions of refugees. India had to fight with Pakistan at its northwestern as well as eastern border which finally resulted in the creation of a new country Bangladesh. Though the war ended on 16 Dec 1971 on the eastern front with Pakistani forces surrendering to Indian Army, the skirmishes continued on the western front. During the war Lance Naik Shanghara Singh’s unit was deployed in Amritsar sector on the western front. The Pakistani forces during the war attacked and captured the Indian village Pul Kanjri located on a high ground close to the International Border. Indian forces led by 2 Sikh battalion decided to recapture the village but the attack could not be launched before 17 Dec 1971.


On 17th December 1971, during the attack of Pul Kanjri, when the enemy positions were surrounded by anti-personal anti-tank mines and a number of Machine guns, Lance Naik Shanghara Singh along with his unit came under heavy enemy fire. He was in second in command of the left flanking section which had got pinned down by continuous fire from these machine guns. Lance Naik Shanghara Singh realized that the enemy machine guns were posing a great threat to his comrades and had to be neutralized somehow to continue the advance toward the assigned objective.


In complete disregard for his personal safety, Lance Naik Shanghara Singh decided to attack the posts manning the machine guns. He made a charge through the minefield towards the first machine post and hurled a grenade inside the bunker successfully. Then he charged the second machine gun post by crawling over the loophole and snatched the machine gun physically by his hand. This daring move by Lance Naik Shanghara Singh was enough to upset the enemy forces who panicked and fled the battle scene leaving behind the machine guns.


However during this process Lance Naik Shanghara Singh received a burst of fire in his abdomen and got seriously injured. The elimination of these machine guns enabled our troops to over-run the enemy post and move towards the objective. Lance Naik Shanghara Singh later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. He displayed exemplary dedication to duty in the face of the enemy and made the supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Army. For his raw courage, indomitable spirit and sacrifice, Lance Naik Shanghara Singh was given the nation’s second-highest gallantry award “Maha Vir Chakra”.

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  • Raghav khurana

    2023at10:47 am Reply

    Jai hind

  • Sandeep Kaur

    2023at10:47 am Reply

    Proud of u nana ji ……

  • jarman sandhu

    2023at10:48 am Reply

    kaash me apne dada ji ko dekh skta

  • jarman sandhu

    2023at10:48 am Reply

    In reply to Aishwarya.
    Do u want to go the memorial of my grandfather the day when hi sacrifice his soul at 17 december

  • Harjinder singh

    2023at10:49 am Reply

    Proud of u tata g

  • Naresh Sodhi

    2023at10:49 am Reply


    Naresh Sodhi

  • Aishwarya

    2023at10:50 am Reply

    Your supreme sacrifice will always be remembered. Jai Hind

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