Service No : 2689306Y
Date of Birth : January 1, 1976
Place of birth : Churu Dist (Raj)
Service : Army
Last Rank : Naik
Unit : 14 Grenadiers
Arm/Regt : The Grenadiers
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Awards : SM
Martyrdom : May 25, 2005
Naik Rajendra Singh hailed from Lalgarh village in Churu district of Rajasthan and was born on 01 Jan 1976. Son of Shri Akhe Singh Rathore and Smt Dhakha Kanwar, he joined the Army after completing his school education in the year 1996 at the age of 20 years. He was recruited into 14 Grenadiers of the Grenadiers Regiment, an infantry Regiment known for its brave soldiers and having a glorious history of various battle honours.
After completing his training he served in many field areas and took part in various challenging operations. A large part of his service career was spent in the trouble torn Kashmir area taking part in numerous counter-insurgency operations. The various operations that he was part of included Op Rakshak (Jan 1997 to Dec 1999), Op Vijay (Rakshak) (Dec 1999 to Feb 2000) and Op Rakshak ( Feb 2000 to Mar 2005). By 2005, he had put in around 09 years of service and had been promoted to the rank of Naik. By then he had served in various field areas and gained the field-craft skills required to be a battle-ready soldier. After serving for few years he got married to, Ms Manju and the couple had 2 sons and 2 daughters.
Kupwara operation: 25 May 2005
During 2005, Naik Rajendra Singh's unit 14 Grenadiers was deployed in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. The unit troops were engaged in counter-insurgency operations on a regular basis as its AOR (Area of Operation) was affected by active militancy. Besides manning the forward posts in Kupwara district, Naik Rajendra Singh’s unit also undertook operations to check the infiltration bids as its AOR was prone to infiltration by the militants from across the border. One such operation was undertaken by 14 Grenadiers on 25 May 2005, based on the information from the intelligence sources. Naik Rajendra Singh was part of the team that was assigned the task of undertaking this operation.
As planned, Naik Rajendra Singh and his comrades reached the suspected area in Rengwar village of Kupwara district on 25th May 2005. The troops cordoned off the suspected area and launched the search operation. Soon the troops made contact with the militants who fired at them on being challenged. Naik Rajendra Singh commanding a section fought gallantly and turned up the heat on the militants. In the meantime the militants attacked and injured few soldiers from another section. Realizing the lives of his comrades in danger, Naik Rajendra Singh without caring for his own safety attacked the militants to turn their attention. Taken aback by the sudden attack, the militants fired at Naik Rajendra Singh injuring him seriously. Though injured severely, he continued his firing and managed to eliminate one militant. However he later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Naik Rajendra Singh was a valiant and dedicated soldier, who laid down his life in the line of his duty at the age of 29 years. Naik Rajendra Singh was given the gallantry award, "Sena Medal" posthumously for his outstanding bravery, camaraderie, devotion to duty and supreme sacrifice.
Naik Rajendra Singh is survived by father Shri Akhe Singh Rathore, mother Smt Dhakha Kanwar, wife Smt Manju Kanwar, two sons and two daughters.