Place of Birth : Ghazipur, UP
Last Rank: Major
Unit : 57 RR
Arm/Regt : The Rajputana Rifles
Date of Martyrdom: 14 Apr 2019
Major Vikas Singh belonged to the village of Tarighat in Suhwal Tehsil of Ghazipur District in Uttar Pradesh. The only son of Shri Jithendra and Smt Saroj Singh, Major Vikas Singh did his schooling in Army School, Ambala. After graduating from Jawaharlal Nehru University, he joined the Indian Army in 2010. He was commissoned as a lieutenant into the regiment of Rajputana Rifles, an infantry regiment known for its valiant soldiers. After serving for few years, he got married to Aanchal Singh on 28th February 2018 and the couple had a daughter named Vrundhi. After serving with his parent unit for a couple of years, Maj Vikas Singh was diputed to serve with 57 RR, deployed in J & K for counter insurgency operations.
Kupwara Operation: 13 April 2019
During April 2019, Major Vikas Singh’s unit 57 RR (Rashtriya Rifles) was deployed in Kupwara District of J & K. The unit was operating along with the Line of Control (LOC) and was engaged in operations against the militants on a regular basis. On 13th April 2019, the security forces receievd credible information from the intelligence sources about the presence ofgroup of terrorrists in Machil sector of Kupwara district. Based on the intelligence inputs, it was decided to launch an operation to neutralize the threat of terrorrites. Major Vikas was assigned the task of leading that operation.
As planned, Maj Vikas and his troops reached the suspected area and launched the search and cordon operation. The area was located at upper Kumkadi forests in North Kashmir and was dotted with dangerous slopes, gorges and slippery terrain. Owing to the treacherous terrain, the soldiers had to excercise extreme caution while carrying out the search operation. Maj Vikas was continuously directing his men to tighten the cordon to corner the hiding terrorrirtes. While doing so at one point Maj Vikas saw one of his soldiers in a precarious condition. Maj Vikas lunged forward to save the soldier but in doing so lost his balance and slipped. As the ara had a steep gradient, Maj Vikas fell down the hill sustaining serious injuries to his head and chest. He was initially shifted to military hospital Drugmulla from where he was later referred to 92 base hospital Badamibagh Cantonment, Srinagar. However he succumbed to his injuries and was martyed.
Maj Vikas Singh was a gallant soldier and a fine officer who led his troops from the front like a good military leader. He is survived by his mother Smt. Saroj Singh, wife Aanchal Singh and daughter Vrudhi.