Service No. IC-72667X
Place of Birth : Almora, U'khand
Last Rank: Major
Unit: 55 Engineers Regt
Arm/Regt : The Corps of Engineers
Date of Martyrdom :16 Feb 2019
Major Chitresh Singh Bisht was born in Ranikhet in Almora district of Uttarakhand. Son of a retired Police Inspector Shri SS Bisht, Maj Chitresh Singh had an elder brother. Maj Chitresh Singh joined the Army after his graduation and was commissioned into 55 Engineering Regt of the Corps of Engineers. One of the oldest arms of the 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. In war, Combat Engineers provide mobility to own forces by constructing bridges, tracks, and helipads; on the other hand, the Corps denies the same to the enemy by creating obstacles such as laying mine-fields and demolition of bridges.
Maj Chitresh Singh Bisht was a Combat Engineer trained in laying and defusing mines and had undertaken numerous risky operations. During 2019 he was serving with 55 Engineering Regt and was operating as Bomb Disposal Squad leader in support of the unit’s operations.
Naushera Mine Clearing Operation: 16 Feb 2019
During 2019, Maj Chitresh Singh Bisht’s unit was deployed in Naushera sector of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir. The unit was manning the forward posts along the LOC in Rajouri district. The area of his unit’s operation being very volatile and prone to infiltration by militants, the unit had to maintain a strict vigil and deployed armed patrols with regular frequency. The landmines along the patrol routes posed a serious danger to the troops and thus the Bomb Disposal Squad of the unit played a crucial role in sanitizing the routes. Maj Chitresh Singh Bisht as leader of the squad was involved in numerous mine clearing operations for the unit. On 16 Feb 2019, Maj Bisht was tasked to lead one such mine clearing operation in Laam sector of Naushera in Rajouri district.
At about 3 pm on 16 Feb, mines were detected on the Naushera track and Maj Bisht leading the Bomb Disposal Squad, got down to the task of sanitizing the track. He successfully defused one of the mines and with utter disregard to his own life, Maj Bisht continued to carry out the area sanitation and proceeded to neutralize another mine. However, while trying to deactivate the mine, the device got activated, triggering a blast. Maj Bisht facing the brunt of the blast absorbed most of the splinters, thereby screening his comrades behind him. Maj Bisht later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Maj Chitresh Singh Bisht was slated to get married on 07 Mar 2019 but was more devoted to the higher cause of serving the motherland and laid down his life in the service of the nation at the age of 31 years.
Maj Chitresh Singh Bisht is survived by his parents and an elder brother.
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