Last Rank : Major
Unit : 5 Maratha Light Infantry
Regiment :The Maratha Light Infantry,
Operation : Op Rakshak (J&K)
Date of Martyrdom :Sep 9, 2009
Major Akash Singh hailed from Jammu in J & K and nursed a dream of joining the army since his childhood. He was a brilliant student during school days and received many accolades throughout his academic career. However after his graduation he followed his dream and joined Officers Training Academy (OTA) Chennai, the gateway to join Army as an officer.
Major Akash Singh was commissioned into 5 Maratha Light Infantry on September 04, 1999. During his 10 years of service in the Army Maj Akash served in areas with different terrain and operational environments. During 2009 he was serving with his unit in J & K area not very far from his home town.
Mendhar Sector Operation : 09 Sep 2009
Major Akash’s unit was operating in Poonch area during 2009 with the responsibility of patrolling and counter insurgency operations in that sector. On 09 Sep 2009, during patrolling in Mendhar sector, the troops belonging to Major Akash’s unit observed movement of a group of armed militants along the Line of Control (LoC). Major Akash assessed the situation and swung into action directing his troops to challenge them.
On being challenged the militants opened fire on the troops and a fierce gun-battle ensued. The militants were using automatic weapons and grenades to retaliate. During the heavy exchange of fire Major Akash got hit by barrage of bullets and was severely injured. However before breathing his last, Major Akash Singh gunned down two terrorists and also saved the life of his fellow soldier.
Inspired by the valour of Major Akash Singh his troops retaliated with great aggression and killed the infiltrators. Maj Akash Singh was martyred but made his unit proud with his exceptional courage and supreme sacrifice. He was awarded Sens Medal for his gallantry and outstanding leadership in the face of the enemy.
Major Akash Singh is survived by his wife Deepti Sambyal, daughter Khushi, son Tejas , father Thakur Shanker Singh, mother Vidhy Devi, brothers Rajeshwar Singh, Dr. Jagdev Singh and Vikas Singh.
Shaurya Chakra Award:
Major Akash Singh was awarded Shaurya Chakra (Posthumous) for his outstanding act of gallantry and supreme sacrifice in Jammu & Kashmir in 2009.
Thakur Shanker Singh, father of Major Akash said “I am proud of my son for his supreme sacrifice. Everyone must follow his footprints while serving the nation.
“He made us feel proud and held the heads of Dogras high who have history of bravery and sacrifices besides setting an example for younger generation that nothing is important than the motherland.” Said Prof. Gupta.
Justice (Retd.) Paviter Singh, B.S Slathia (President Jammu Bar Association), Arun Gupta (Secretary General Chamber of Commerce & Industry), Capt (Retd) Diwan Singh, Colonel Tiwari, SDPO Bakshi Nagar were the other prominent citizens who spoke in honour of Maj Akash Singh.
The bravery and courage of the valiant Major Akash could be gauged from the fact that he had written these lines under his photograph, “If death comes before I prove myself,I swear, I will kill death.”
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