Service No: 15439373K

Place of Birth : Rewa dist, (MP)

Service: Army

Last Rank: Naik

Unit: 3 Med Regt

Arm/Regt: The Regiment of Artillery

Operation: CI & IS Ops

Date of Martyrdom : 16 Jun 2020

Naik Deepak Kumar Singh

Naik Deepak Kumar Singh hailed from Farenda village in Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh. Son of Shri Gajraj Singh and Smt Saroj Devi , he joined the Army in the year 2012 at the age of 22 years. He was recruited into 3 Med Regt of the Regiment of Artillery, an important combat support arm of the Indian Army. After serving for some years he got married to Ms Rekha Singh, on 30 November 2019.

 

LAC Operation: 15/16 June 2020

 

During June 2020, Nk Deepak Kumar’s unit was deployed in eastern Ladakh close to the Line of Actual Control(LAC). 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, Nk Deepak Kumar 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 Kumar got seriously injured. Nk Deepak Kumar, the CO, Col Santosh Babu, and 18 other soldiers later succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. The other brave hearts included Nb Sub Mandeep Singh, Nb Sub Nanduram Soren, Nb Sub Satnam Singh, Hav Bipul Roy, Hav Sunil Kumar, Hav K Palani, Sep Ganesh Hansda, Sep Chandan Kumar, Sep CK Pradhan, Sep Aman Kumar, Sep Kundan Kumar, Sep Rajesh Orang, Sep Ganesh Ram, Sep KK Ojha, Sep Jai Kishore Singh, Sep Gurtej Singh, Sep Ankush, and Sep Gurbinder Singh.

 

Nk Deepak Kumar was a valiant soldier who laid down his life in the line of his duty at the age of 30 yrs. Nk Deepak Kumar is survived by his father Shri Gajraj Singh, mother Smt Saroj Devi and wife Smt Rekha Singh.

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