Date of Birth : 24 Dec 1992
Place of Birth : Jaisalmer, (Raj)
Last Rank : Naik
Unit : 23 RR
Date of Martyrdom :28 Sept 2019
Naik Rajendra Singh Bhati was born on 24th Dec 1992 and hailed from Mohangarh in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan. Son of an army veteran Late Hav Sawal Singh, Nk Rajendra Singh had two brothers Shri Samunder Singh & Shri Govind Singh. Coming from a military family Nk Rajendra Singh always wanted to don the army uniform right from his younger days. Eventually, after completing his school education he joined the army on 1st Jan 2013 at the age of 21 years.
After serving for few years, Nk Rajendra Singh got married to Ms. Jamna Kanwar and the couple had a son Bhupendra Singh. After completing his training Nk Rajendra Singh served with his parent unit for some years and later he was deputed to serve with 23 RR Bn deployed in the Kashmir valley.
Ramban Operation: 28 Sept 2019
During Sept 2019, Nk Rajendra Singh’s unit, 23 RR was deployed in the Ramban district of J&K for counter-insurgency operations. The AOR ( Area Of Responsibility) of the battalion was the hotbed of militant activity and the troops had to be on guard at all times. The unit was engaged in operations against the unit on a regular basis. Based on the information about the presence of few terrorists in the general area of Batote, the unit decided to launch an operation with its QRT(Quick Reaction Team). Nk Rajendra Singh was part of the QRT that was tasked to undertake the operation. The QRT as planned reached the suspected area and soon made contact with the terrorists.
A gun battle followed thereafter but the armed militants managed to escape from the spot at Kundrala, nine kilometers away from Batote. After a hot chase, they entered the house and took the owner as a hostage. A joint operation was then launched with the elements of J&K police, Army, CISF and CRPF. The repeated attempts of the security forces to make the terrorists surrender failed as they were trying to buy time to flee the house taking advantage of darkness later in the day. When the security forces tighten the cordon, the militants in a desperate attempt started firing indiscriminately to break the cordon and flee. But Nk Rajendra Singh and the team engaged the militants and succeded and eliminated them. However, during the exchange of fire Nk Rajendra Singh got seriously injured and later succumbed to his injuries.
Nk Rajendra Singh was a valiant and commited soldier who laid down his life at the age of 27 years in the line his duty. Nk Rajendra Singh is survived by his wife Smt Jamna Kanwar, son Bhupendra Singh and two brothers Shri Samunder Singh & Shri Govind Singh.
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