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Service No. : SS-36635

Date of Birth: Mar 31, 1972

Birth place: Gandhinagar, Jammu

Service: Army

Last Rank: Major

Unit : 13 JAK Rif

Arm/Regt: The J&K Rifles

Battles/wars: Op Vijay, Kargil War

Awards: Sena Medal

Date of Martyrdom : Jun 15, 1999

Maj Ajay Singh Jasrotia SM

Major Ajay Kumar Jasrotia was born on 31 Mar 1972 and hailed from Jammu in J  & K. Son of Shri Arjun Singh Jasrotia and Smt Beena Jasrotia, Maj Ajay did his schooling in his hometown and later graduated from Commerce college in Jammu. He belonged to a military family wherein his grandfather Lt Col Khajoor Singh served in the Army and his served as a DIG in BSF. He too was inclined to join the Armed Forces since his younger days and followed his dream after graduation. He got selected through the Combined Defence Services a Examination  and joined the Army in 1996 at the age of 23 years.

 

He was commissioned into 13 JAK Rifles of the J & K Rifles Regiment, an infantry Regiment known for its gallant soldiers and numerous battle exploits. During 1999, Maj Ajay Singh Jasrotia’s unit was deployed in Sopore in J & K but was moved to Drass region in June as part of Operation Vijay.

 

Op Vijay: 15 June 1999

 

In June 1999, Maj Ajay Singh Jasrotia’s unit moved to Drass region under the command of 56 Mountain Brigade. In Drass the enemy had secured Tololing, Point 5140, Point 5060, Point 4700 ridgeline extending towards northwest till Point 5353 and Tiger Hills. The basic aim of the enemy was to interdict the road to Kargil and thus the capture of these features was very important for the Indian Army.  13 JAK Rif was tasked to commence the build up at Tololing by 13 June 1999 and relieve 2 Raj Rif and in the next phase capture Point 5140 in conjunction with 18 Garhwal Rifles battalion.

 

However on 15 June 1999, Maj Jasrotia’s  unit location came under heavy artillery shelling from the enemy troops. The first shell resulted in injuries to six soldiers. This sent a wave of shock and panic across the unit and his troops desperately ran for cover. He realized that gravity of the situation and decided to take control of the situation. He ordered his men to take cover within the area of the administrative base and took it upon himself to rescue the injured troops. He moved on despite heavy artillery shelling and tended to the wounded soldiers and arranged for their evacuation to safety. He organized troops into groups and arranged for quick evacuation of the injured soldiers by carrying them on their backs. During this process a shell landed in the close vicinity of Maj Jasrotia and he was seriously injured.

 

However, despite his injuries he continued the evacuation of his injured troops. He was losing a lot of blood and his condition worsened, but he refused to leave the battleground and consequently life slowly ebbed out of him. He moved six causalities to safety before he collapsed owing to his injuries. Later he succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Maj Jasrotia’s efforts saved the lives of six soldiers who survived and lived on. Maj Jasrotia displayed exceptional courage, leadership and camaraderie during the operation and made the supreme sacrifice in the service of the nation.

 

Maj Ajay Singh Jasrotia was a gallant soldier and a fine officer who led his men from the front like a true military leader. He was given the gallantry award, “Sena Medal” posthumously for his valour, devotion to duty, fighting spirit and supreme sacrifice.

  • There was an outpouring of grief on learning about the supreme sacrifice of Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia. His body was received at Jammu Air Post by Brig IP Singh and wreaths were laid on behalf of GOC-in-C Northern Command. GOC 16 Corps, GOC Tiger Division and J&K Rifles. He was laid to rest with full military honors and thousands of people paid their respects to him during his final journey. There were chants of praise, when he was consigned to flames at Shanti Dham, Shastri Nagar. 
  • A movie called LOC Kargil, directed by JP Dutta released in 2003, was based on the events of the Kargil War. Actor Mohnish Behl portrayed the role of Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia in the film.
  • A statue has been erected in his honor in his native town Shasti Nagar in Jammu.
  • The road leading to his house has been named after him in his honor.
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9 Comments
  • Valsan Kunnath

    2017at9:34 pm Reply

    Big Salute to the Brave Son of Bharath MajorAjay Singh Jasrotia Sena Medal ( Posthumously)
    “Duty beyond Death” “Soldiers go beyond call of Duty”
    You gave your today for our tomorrow, Salute You Major Sab
    You will always be Saluted for your Utmost Courage and Supreme Sacrifice to the Motherland.
    Jai Hind..Vandematharam

    • Bharti prashar

      2020at12:59 am

      Big salute to such real heroes..
      We can never forget their sacrifices … They gave selflessly..
      Jai hind

  • manu sharma

    2018at4:28 am Reply

    Proud of our HEROS who are there for us ….. Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it. Salute to you Major Sahib You will always be remembered till we live…
    JAI HIND….. Vandematram

  • Nalini pathania

    2019at10:48 pm Reply

    Proud of you. Your supreme sacrifice has not been forgotten.
    Jai Hind! Jai Bharat!.

  • Kailash joshi

    2019at1:49 pm Reply

    Truly a gallant and selfless soldier who lost his life at the Battle field during kargil war while rescuing the life of his six wounded fellow.special tribute to this fallen hero. Jai hind

  • V k Aggarwal

    2019at10:57 pm Reply

    While watching movie”LOC” , I am always moved by the supreme sacrifice of Maj jasrotia

    A salute to him

  • Dr.Rajinder Singh Minhas

    2019at3:02 pm Reply

    Well. Did Major Ajay Jasrotia.My colleague at SSB Allahabad on December 18.1994.Salutes to you sir .RIP……..Dr.Rajinder Minhas.

    • Hrishita Surve

      2019at2:24 pm

      A BIG SALUTE TO MAJOR AJAY JASROTIA SIR AND HIS FAMILY. YOU WILL ALWAYS REMAIN IMMORTAL IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER SIR. YOU ARE OUR OWN INSPIRATION. WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOUR SUPREME SACRIFICE. JAI HIND

  • Nishant sachdeva

    2020at12:03 am Reply

    Jai hind never forget ur supreme sacrifice
    A big salute to mjr ajay jasrotia ji and his family
    जब तक सूरज चान्द रहेगा अजय सर का नाम रहेगा
    जय हिन्द

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