Service No: 15439373K
Date of Birth : 15 Jul 1989
Place of Birth : Rewa dist, (MP)
Last Rank: Naik
Unit: 16 Bihar/AMC
Arm/Regt: Army Medical Corps
Operation: CI & IS Ops
Date of Martyrdom : 15 Jun 2020
Naik Deepak Singh hailed from Farunda village in Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh and was born on 15 Jul 1989. Son of Shri Gajraj Singh and Smt Saroj Devi, Naik Deepak Singh joined the Army in the year 2012 at the age of 21 years. He was recruited into the Army Medical Corps, an important corps which provides the medical services to the Indian Army during war as well as peace.
After serving for some years he got married to Ms. Rekha Singh, on 30 November 2019. After completing his training he served with various Army hospitals which included Army Base hospital, 426 Field Hospital and 414 Field Hospital. On 30 Jan 2019, Naik Deepak Singh got posted to 16 Bihar battalion, deployed in Ladakh.
Operation Snow Leopard: 15 June 2020
During June 2020, Naik Deepak Singh’s unit was deployed in eastern Ladakh close to the Line of Actual Control(LAC) as part of Operation Snow Leopard. Since early June the tension along the LAC was building up due to construction work in Galwan valley close to the road going from Leh to Daulat Beg Oldie. The Chinese had a serious objection to the construction of a bridge across the Galwan river into the Aksai Chin area. The area held strategic importance to India as well as China as it dominated the road from Leh to Daulat Beg Oldie an airstrip of great military significance to India. There had been many rounds of talks between senior military officials from both sides to diffuse the tensions. On 15/16 June 2020 night, hectic Chinese activities were noticed across the bridge in Galwan valley and the Indian Army decided to take up the matter with Chinese forces to ask them to respect the LAC and adhere to the position as agreed earlier during the talks.
Considering the gravity of the situation, Col Santosh Babu the Commanding Officer of 16 Bihar battalion deployed in the area decided to lead the negotiations. However, an altercation during the discussion raised the tempers leading to a scuffle. Soon the scuffle turned into a violent clash with the Chinese soldiers attacking Col Santosh Babu and his men with deadly clubs and rods. The Indian soldiers were greatly outnumbered and the Chinese soldiers seemed to be prepared for the attack. As the clashes escalated, Naik Deepak Singh and other soldiers joined the beleaguered Indian troops to take on the Chinese soldiers. The clashes went on for many hours during which many Indian soldiers including Nk Deepak got seriously injured. Hav K Palani, the CO, Col Santosh Babu, and 18 other soldiers later succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. The other brave hearts included Hav K Palani, Nb Sub Mandeep Singh, Nb Sub Nanduram Soren, Nb Sub Satnam Singh, Hav Bipul Roy, Hav Sunil Kumar, Sep Ganesh Hansda, Sep Ganesh Ram, Sep Chandan Kumar, Sep CK Pradhan, Sep Gurbinder Singh, Sep Aman Kumar, Sep Kundan Kumar, Sep Rajesh Orang, Sep KK Ojha, Sep Jai Kishore Singh, Sep Gurtej Singh, and Sep Ankush. Naik Deepak Singh was a valiant and dedicated soldier who laid down his life at the age of 30 years in the line of his duty. Naik Deepak Singh was given the gallantry award, “Vir Chakra” on 26 Jan 2021 for his exceptional courage, devotion to duty, and supreme sacrifice.
Naik Deepak Singh is survived by his father Shri Gajraj Singh, mother Smt Saroj Devi and wife Smt Rekha Singh.
The citation for the ‘Vir Chakra’ awarded to him reads:
Naik Deepak Singh was deployed in Galwan Valley (Eastern Ladakh) as part of Operation Snow Leopard. On June 15, 2020, a violent face-off took place in eastern Ladakh with Chinese troops. A nursing assistant, Singh assessed the battle situation and moved ahead into the ground to provide medical assistance. As the violence turned even more intense and casualties increased, he moved to the frontline to provide first aid to the injured soldiers.
During the violence coupled with stone-pelting, he sustained heavy grievous injuries but continued rendering medical support to the injured soldiers. He managed to save as many as 30 lives before succumbing to his injuries. In recognition of his act of bravery in face of the enemy, courage, and supreme sacrifice, Naik Deepak Singh is awarded “Vir Chakra (Posthumous)”.
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