Service No : IC35010

Birth Place : Pilani, Rajasthan

Service: Army

Last Rank: Major

Unit: 64 Engr Regt

Arm/Regt: The Corps of Engineers

Award : Shaurya Chakra

Operation: CI & IS Ops

Date of Martyrdom : Jan 23,1994

Major Bhupender Singh SC

Major Bhupender Singh was born in Pilani in Rajasthan. He was commissioned into 64 Engr Regt of the Corps of Engineers, one of the oldest arms of Indian army. 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 Organisation. During 1994, Maj Bhupender Singh was serving with the Border Roads and was posted in J & K.

 

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 is now an acclaimed actor.

 

J&K Incident: Jan 1994

 

Major Bhupender Singh was serving with the Border Roads in Verinag in J & K area in 1994. Since it was a field station his family continued to stay in Patiala, his old place of posting. During Jan 1994, when his family was visiting him in winter vacation, the Kashmir separatists belonging to Hizb-ul-Mujahideen group kidnapped Maj Bhupender Singh from his place of work, on 17 Jan 1994. 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 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.

A Daughter’s tribute to her father:

 

In an interview to the TOI Maj Bhupender Singh’s elder daughter Nimrat Kaur paying tribute to her father said, “My life changed after my father’s death. It was not a financial threat. But that life that I had lived with those orderlies, those army cars went away overnight. It was difficult moving to civilian life. In the army, you are living in a shell and that’s why my father never sent me to an army school. You are used to three sevadars around you and suddenly, there are no army get-togethers, so to just adjust to the new life without any fauji kids for friends was tough. I was undergoing puberty that time and that compounded my agony. But the army stands by you like a rock. They are your family and even today, they will come at the drop of a hat if you need something and they will do anything for you. I also think it’s to do with my father’s goodwill and his relationship with people. Coincidentally, he got awarded the Shaurya Chakra on my birthday, March 13. (His name is now written as Bhupender Singh SC, SC standing for Shaurya Chakra).

 

I remember my The Lunchbox premiered in Cannes and I immediately went back to Kashmir in June for the first time after my father’s death. I could sense that my life was going to shift in a big way and I wanted to go back to Kashmir for my closure and I did. I spent 10 days there all alone. I went to Verinag ( there’s a point there dedicated to my father). I came back and got a tattoo done on my wrist which reads, ‘Zenab’, meaning a father’s precious jewel that brings glory to his name”.

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  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nimrat_Kaur
  • http://chimesofhonour.org/search-resultview.php?serviceno=IC-35016
  • http://www.kashmirlife.net/briefing-issue-07-vol-07-78172/
  • http://www.indiatimes.com/entertainment/celebs/my-life-changed-after-my-father-s-death-says-nimrat-kaur-other-honest-revelations-made-by-her-248199.html
  • http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/airlift-actor-nimrat-kaur-reveals-how-her-father-was-killed-by-kashmiri-separatists-akshay-kumar-hizb-ul-mujahideen-kashmir-terrorists/1/542146.html
  • http://blog.faujikids.com/nimrat-kaur-the-army-kid-has-a-message-her-fathers-regiment/
  • http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/Nimrat-Kaur-My-father-was-killed-by-the-Hizb-ul-Mujahideen-for-not-conceding-to-their-demands-in-Kashmir/articleshow/50090694.cms
  • http://www.mensxp.com/special-features/today/29428-nimrat-kaur-s-father-was-killed-by-terrorists-her-life-story-is-something-every-indian-will-derive-inspiration-from.html

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11 Comments
  • Major Ajit Raka

    2019at4:08 pm Reply

    Bhupi was my coursemate in IMA. He topped the course pipping me. A sweet and tough fellow always with a smiling face.
    Whenever I see Nimrat, I remember his smiling face.
    Bravo brother… we remember you always. We missed you at our reunion.

    • Simmi

      2021at12:15 am

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

  • PREM

    2019at11:12 am Reply

    I SALUTE TO HIS GREAT SACRIFICE .
    MAY WAHEGURU SEND HIM SACHKAND(HEAVEN)
    TRULY SINGH IS KING.
    KITNI HIMMAT HOGI JAB UNHONE
    YEH SACRIFICE DIYA HOGA

    WHAT A BRAVE MAN , WHAT A COURAGEOUS.

    IF TODAY INDIA GOT FREEDOM FROM MUGHAL AND BRITISH BECAUSE OF SIKHS.

    TRULY SIKHS ARE BRAVIST PPL IN THIS PLANET

    RAJ KAREGA KHALSA
    JO BOLE SO NIHAAL SATSRIAA KAAL

    WAHEGURU JI KHALSA WAHEGURU JI KI FATEH

    • Debolina Ghosh

      2021at3:16 pm

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

  • Prem

    2019at11:29 am 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.

    • Kiran

      2022at10:11 am

      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.

  • Rajeev Nair

    2019at3:44 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.

  • Naveen

    2021at5:51 am 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.

  • मृदुला

    2022at7:58 am Reply

    हर भारतीय आपके सर्वोत्तम बलिदान का कृतज्ञ रहेगा
    जय हिंद

  • Debi Prasad Padhi

    2022at5:15 pm Reply

    O God

    I have no words

    God bless you Nimrat, Rubina and Avinash Mam

  • Debi Prasad Padhi

    2022at5:16 pm Reply

    Salute Major Bhupender

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