Naib Subedar Jaswinder Singh hailed from Mana Talwandi village in Kapurthala district in Punjab. Son of Late Capt Harbhajan Singh and Smt Manjit Kaur, Nb Sub Jaswinder Singh had a brother Rajinder Singh as his sibling. He was fascinated with the army life and nursed a dream of joining the army since his childhood. Consequently following into his father's footsteps, he joined the army after completing his school education.
He was recruited into 23 Sikh battalion of the Sikh Regiment, an infantry Regiment well known for its gallant soldiers and various battle honours. After serving for few years, he got married to Ms Ravinder Kaur and the couple had a son Vikramjit Singh and daughter Harnoor Kaur. By 2021, he had put in substantial years of service in the Army and had been promoted to the rank of Naib Subedar. By that time he had evolved into an experienced Junior Commissioned Officer, having served in areas with different terrain and operational environments. He had been awarded with, "Sena Medal" and Chief of Army Staff commendation for his gallantry, devotion to duty and meritorious service.
Surankote Operation (J&K) : 11 Oct 2021
During 2021, Nb Sub Jaswinder Singh‘s unit 16 RR battalion was deployed in the Poonch sector of J & K along the LOC. The LOC was highly active and volatile where cease fire violations occurred very often and without any warning. It was also used by the terrorists for infiltration with the connivance of Pakistani security forces. The infiltration by the terrorists was invariably attempted under the cover of artillery fire or with the help of Border Action Team(BAT). Based on the information from the intelligence sources, about the presence of 4-5 hardcore terrorists in Surankote in frontier Jammu district of Poonch, the security forces launched a search and cordon operation on 11 Oct 2021. Nb Sub Jaswinder Singh was part of the team that was assigned the task of conducting this operation.
The operation was launched in the early morning of 11 Oct 2021. Though the troops commenced the search and cordon operation initially in the suspected forested Chamrer area of Surankote, it spread to the adjoining Bhangai village of Rajouri district by evening. In the operation in villages close to Dera Ki Gali in Surankote, a fierce gun battle erupted with the terrorists, who felt threatened with the advancing troops. During the heavy exchange of fire, Nb Sub Jaswinder Singh and four other soldiers received gun shots and got severely injured. They later succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. Besides Nb Sub Jaswinder Singh the martyred soldiers included Naik Mandeep Singh, Sep Gajjan Singh, Sep Saraj Singh and Sep Vaisakh H. Nb Sub Jaswinder Singh was a valiant soldier and gritty Junior Commissioned Officer, who led from the front and laid down his life in the service of the nation.
Nb Sub Jaswinder Singh is survived by his mother Smt Manjit Kaur, wife Smt Ravinder Kaur, son Vikramjit Singh and daughter Harnoor Kaur.