Service No : 3177111
Date of Birth : March 22, 1966
Place of birth : Faridabad(H'yana)
Service : Army
Last Rank : Naik
Unit : 5 RR/7 Jat
Arm/Regt : The Jat Regiment
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Martyrdom : March 15, 2000
Naik Raghubir Singh Tevatia hailed from the Sotai village of Ballabgarh tehsil in the Faridabad district of Haryana and was born on 22 March 1966. Like many youngsters of Haryana, he always wished to don the Army uniform since his childhood. Following his dream, he eventually joined the Army on 01 Aug 1983 at the age of 18 years. He was recruited into the 7 Jat battalion of the famed Jat Regiment, an infantry regiment known for its fearless soldiers and numerous battle honours. By the year 2000, he had served for nearly 13 years and had been promoted to the rank of Naik. After serving with his parent unit for some years, Nk Raghubir Singh was deputed to serve with 5 RR battalion, deployed in J&K for counter-insurgency operations
Ganderbal Operation (Op Rakshak) : 15 Mar 2000
During 2000, Naik Raghubir Singh‘s unit 5 RR battalion was deployed in Ganderal district 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. Based on the information from the intelligence sources, about the presence of some hardcore terrorists in Badam Pora area of Ganderal district, the security forces launched a search and cordon operation on 15 Mar 2000. Naik Raghubir Singh was part of the team that was assigned the task of conducting this operation.
Naik Raghubir Singh and his comrades reached the suspected area in Badam Pora and cordoned it off. The terrorists were hiding in a dilapidated building in the area, which acted as a sanctuary for them. Soon, a fierce gun battle erupted with the terrorists, who felt threatened with the advancing troops. In the following gun battle Naik Raghubir Singh and his comrades managed to gun down four terrorists. As the firing stopped, Naik Raghubir Singh moved inside the building to recover the arms and ammunition of the terrorist. However, as he moved forward, one of the terrorists, who was still alive, fired at him from close range. As a result Naik Raghubir Singh got severely injured and had to be immediately shifted for medical treatment. He was taken by road and then air lifted to the 92 Base Hospital at Srinagar for medical care. However he later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Naik Raghubir Singh was a gallant and dedicated soldier, who laid down his life at the age of 34 years in the service of the nation.
Naik Raghubir Singh Tevatia is survived by his wife Smt Memwati Devi.