Naik Mandeep Singh hailed from Chatha Seerha village in Gurdaspur district of Punjab. Son of Smt Manjit Kaur, he had two brothers as his siblings. One of his brothers Jagroop Singh is currently serving in the army. Naik Mandeep Singh joined the army in 2010 at the age of 20 years. He was recruited into 11 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 Mandeep Kaur and the couple had two sons. By 2021, he had put in substantial years of service in the Army and had been promoted to the rank of Naik. After serving with his parent unit for sometime he was deputed to serve with 16 RR battalion, deployed in J&K for counter insurgency operations.
Surankote Operation (J&K) : 11 Oct 2021
During 2021, Naik Mandeep 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. Naik Mandeep 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, Naik Mandeep Singh and four other soldiers received gun shots and got severely injured. They later succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. Besides Naik Mandeep Singh the martyred soldiers included Nb Sub Jaswinder Singh, Sep Gajjan Singh, Sep Saraj Singh and Sep Vaisakh H. Naik Mandeep Singh was a gallant soldier who laid down his life in the service of the nation.
Naik Mandeep Singh is survived by his mother Smt Manjit Kaur, wife Smt Mandeep Kaur, two sons and two brothers.