Service No: 13612851P

Date of Birth: Jul 01, 1960

Place of Birth: Dughra, UP

Service: Army

Last Rank : Naik

Unit : 5 Para

Arm/Regt : The Parachute Regiment

Operation: Op Pawan

Award: Vir Chakra

Date of Martyrdom : Apr 8, 1989

Naik Ranjeet Singh VrC

 

Naik Ranjeet Singh was born on 1st July 1960 in Dughra village in Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh. Son of Shri Ram Shankar Singh, Naik Ranjeet Singh was recruited into the Army on 20 July 1979. He was inducted into 5 Para of the famed Parachute Regiment known for various successful battle operations.

 

Naik Ranjeet Singh served with his unit in various operational areas and by 1989 had evolved into a dedicated soldier with substantial experience in field operations. On 29 July 1987, Indian government signed an agreement with Sri Lanka for bringing a peaceful solution to the insurgency in Sri Lanka. However the operations in Sri Lanka did not go as planned and IPKF got drawn into a bloody and long conflict. The Indian operations launched in August 1987 continued for the next three years, involving over 20000 soldiers. Naik Ranjeet Singh unit, 05 Para was inducted into Sri Lankan theater of operations in 1988.

 

Op Pawan : 08 April 1989

 

After the induction of Indian forces in Aug 1987, the militants were supposed to surrender but the dreaded LTTE backed out and unleashed war on Indian forces. Initially, only 54 division of the Army was inducted but the escalation of the operations brought three more divisions 3, 4 and 57 into the conflict. By April 1989, Indian forces had undertaken numerous operations against LTTE but the war was far from over. Naik Ranjeet Singh ’s unit, 05 Para , was involved in Operation Pawan and was tasked for one such operation on 08 April 1989. Based on information given by a captured militant a decision was taken to launch an operation to flush out a group of 10 militants from a hideout, located in the area of operation of 05 Para.

 

Naik Ranjeet Singh was part of the assault team tasked for the planned search and destroy operation.  The troops as planned swung into action and proceeded to cordon off the suspected area. The assault team divided itself into two teams in a tactical move to plug the escape routes of the militants. But the troops came under intense automatic fire from the militants who were trying to escape. A fierce gun battle ensued thereafter with exchange of fire from both sides.  Naik Ranjeet Singh noticed that two militants were firing at one section of the assault team and impeding their advance. Naik Ranjeet Singh also realized that time was running out and that the militants would get away if they were not tackled in time.

 

In a daring move Naik Ranjeet Singh charged from behind the cover and while on the move, fired and  killed one militant. After eliminating one militant, he chased and wounded the other militant who, however, managed to escape. As Naik Ranjeet Singh dashed beyond the cover to continue his chase , he was fired at by the third militant and got severely injured . He was evacuated to the nearby Civil Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Naik Ranjeet Singh was a shining example of valour and devotion to duty, who laid down his life in the service of the nation.

 

Naik Ranjeet Singh was awarded “Vir Chakra”, for his exceptional courage, unyielding fighting spirit and supreme sacrifice during the operation.

 

Citation for the Vir Chakra Awarded to him reads:-

 

On 8th April, 1989, based on information from a captured hard – core militant, a raid was launched to eliminate a group of 10 armed militants. Naik Ranjeet Singh was a member of the specially selected raid team. When the raid group reached a house, it came under intense automatic fire. Fire was immediately returned. When it was realised that the militants were trying to flee to the north, the group was divided into two sub teams. Naik Ranjeet Singh noticed two militants bringing down effective fire on number one sub team, thereby, slowing their advance. Naik Ranjeet Singh realized that time was running out and that the militants were getting away. He charged from behind the cover and while on the move, fired and  killed one militant. After killing the militant, he chased and wounded an other militant who, however, managed to escape. As Naik Ranjeet Singh dashed beyond the cover, he received a bullet in the chest from a third militant and was severely injured. He was evacuated to Kayts Civil Hospital where he succumbed to injury.

 

Naik Ranjeet Singh displayed boldness, exemplary courage and initiative in action against the militants.

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3 Comments
  • आनंद सिंह दुघरा वासी

    2020at10:27 pm Reply

    क्या देश हमारे चाचा का वलिदान भूल गया।
    जो 8 अप्रैल 1989 को देश के लिए अपना जान गवा बैठे।

    • Molik Sharma

      2021at12:43 pm

      Apna phone number share kriye pls.
      Salute to Nk Ranjeet Singh and his family for the supreme sacrifice they have made.
      Jai Hind

    • विनय कुमार मल्ल

      2021at11:40 am

      इनके बलिदान पर देश को गर्व है. इन्होने देश के लिए अपना सर्वस्व न्योछावर किया. देश हमेशा इनका ऋणी रहेगा. हमारे मामा जी ने जो देश के लिए किया उसको हमारी आने वाली पीढ़ी हमेशा याद रखेगी. इनकी वीरता को हम और हमारा देश सलाम करता है. जय हिन्द

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