Service No : IC-35010

Place of birth : Pilani, Rajasthan

Service : Army

Last Rank : Major

Unit : 64 Engr Regt

Arm/Regt : The Corps of Engineers

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Awards : Shaurya Chakra

Martyrdom : January 23, 1994

Major Bhupender Singh SC

Major Bhupender Singh hailed from Pilani in Rajasthan and was born in the year 1949. He joined the army after completing his education as he was inclined to serve in the Armed Forces since his younger days. He was commissioned into 64 Engr Regt of the Corps of Engineers, one of the oldest arms of Indian army. After passing out of the training academy, he served in various operational areas and honed his soldierly skills. He soon developed into a committed soldier and gritty officer, who commanded the respect of his seniors and juniors as well. Besides being a soldier at heart, he was a people's person with a cheerful disposition, which endeared him to everyone around. 

 

After serving for few years, Maj Bhupender got married to Ms Avinash Kaur and the couple had two daughters, Nimrat Kaur and Rubina Singh. His elder daughter Nimart Kaur grew up to be an acclaimed actor. The Corps of Engineers consists of three major constituents namely Combat Engineers, MES and Border Roads. The Corps also provides officers to the Military Survey and Defence Research & Development Organization. After serving at various places in Arunachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Punjab (at Patiala), Maj Bhupender Singh got deputed to serve with the Border Roads and was posted to J&K. 

 

Verinag Operation (J&K) : Jan 1994

 

During 1994, Major Bhupender Singh was serving with the Border Roads in J & K.  He was functioning as OC (Officer Commanding) of 99 Road Constr Coy deployed at Verinag near the Jawahar Tunnel in J&K. As part of ongoing "Project Beacon", Maj Bhupender Singh's unit was tasked with the construction of five Bailey bridges on Khannabal-Pahalgam road. Maj Bhupender Singh made a detailed plan of action for the assigned task and decided to go on a recce of the bridge sites. In early Jan 1994, Maj Bhupender Singh accompanied by a party consisting of two officers and 13 other soldiers went on the recce of the bridge sites.  As the area was affected by active militancy, the recce party also included the armed escorts as per the SOP(Standard Operating Procedure).

 

However, at Akkar village, the recce party ran into an ambush by the militants who were lying in wait at a roadblock created by them. Maj Bhupender Singh and his troops were fired at from all around from a very close range by a large number of militants by automatic weapons. Maj Bhupender Singh, showing commendable courage and leadership quickly deployed his troops and returned the fire. After a prolonged exchange of fire, Maj Bhupender Singh and his soldiers managed to  successfully break through the ambush and proceeded ahead. However on 17 Jan 1994, the militants belonging to Hizb-ul-Mujahideen group kidnapped Maj Bhupender Singh from his place of work. They made some ridiculous demands of some terrorists to be released that Maj Bhupender did not agree to. Consequently, Maj Bhupender Singh was killed by the kidnappers, in retaliation to the denial of their demands on 23 Jan 1994. 

 

Major Bhupender Singh besides being brave and intelligent, was a committed soldier who upheld the traditions of the Indian army at the cost of his life. Maj Bhupender Singh was given the gallantry ward “Shaurya Chakra” for his commitment, bravery and service to the nation. Ironically the gallantry award was given on 13 Mar, the birthday of his daughter Nimrat Kaur.

 

Major Bhupender Singh is survived by his wife Smt Avinash Kaur and daughters Nimrat Kaur and Rubina Singh.

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12 Comments
  • niral shah

    2022at3:39 pm Reply

    Sacrifices came from every corner of India and from every religion. Do not forget Subhash Chandra Boss, Bismil, Sukhdev, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Ashfaq Ulla, and list is endless.
    Good to acknowledge sacrifices of Bhupinder Singh ji but its not right to link it with religion.

  • Debi Prasad Padhi

    2022at3:39 pm Reply

    Salute Major Bhupender

  • Debi Prasad Padhi

    2022at3:42 pm Reply

    O God

    I have no words

    God bless you Nimrat, Rubina and Avinash Mam

  • Kiran

    2022at3:42 pm Reply

    Sacrifices came from every corner of India and from every religion. Do not forget Subhash Chandra Boss, Bismil, Sukhdev, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Ashfaq Ulla, and list is endless.
    Good to acknowledge sacrifices of Bhupinder Singh ji but its not right to link it with religion.

  • मृदुला

    2022at3:43 pm Reply

    हर भारतीय आपके सर्वोत्तम बलिदान का कृतज्ञ रहेगा
    जय हिंद

  • Simmi Google

    2022at3:46 pm Reply

    Do you know major bhupendar? If yes then pls contact me i have some urgent work from you pls contac

  • Naveen

    2022at3:46 pm Reply

    With your acts or supreme sacrifice and valour, you set an example and continue to inspire the future generations. It is just because of your raw courage that we are able to live peacefully.

  • Debolina Ghosh

    2022at3:47 pm Reply

    Sending our warm wishes in memory of the bravehearts. May God bless their loved ones! Jai hind.

  • Rajeev Nair

    2022at3:47 pm Reply

    I was studying in school when you were martyred and still remember the guards playing last post in your honor at the Beacon headquarters on that winter morning.

    Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.

    You will be remembered forever as a brave soldier and a fine gentleman man.

  • Prem

    2022at3:48 pm Reply

    EK SIKH SAWA LAAK KE BARABAAR HAI
    I SALUTE TO HIS GREAT SACRIFICE,
    TRULY SINGH IS KING RAJ KAREGA GHA KHALSA
    WHAT A BRAVE MAN MAY WAHE GURU
    SEND HIM TO SAACH KAAND

    SADIYO SE INDIA GHULAMI KE ZANJIRO ME THA. YA TO WO MUGHAL THE YA BRITISH JAB BHI INDIA MEIN JAB BHI KUCH HUVA TO SIKHS NE APNA SACRIFICE INDA DEKE AZAAD KIYA HAI. AGAR SIKHS NA HO THE TO ABHI BHI INDIA BRITISH SE AZAAD NAHI HOTA.
    I SALUTE TO RESPECTED MAJOR BUPHINDER SINGH JI MAY GOD BLESS
    AND I SALUTE ALL OTHER WHO MADE SACRIFICES FOR THERE COUNTRY FROM ALL COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.

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