Service No: JC 280111M
Place of Birth : Patiala Dist(Punjab)
Last Rank: Naib Subedar
Unit: 3 Med Regt
Arm/Regt: The Regiment of Artillery
Operation: CI & IS Ops
Date of Martyrdom : 16 Jun 2020
Naib Subedar Mandeep Singh hailed from Seel village in Patiala district of Punjab. After completing his schooling he joined the Army in Dec 1997 at the age of 17 years. He was recruited into 3 Med Regt of the Regiment of Artillery, an important combat support arm of Indian Army. After serving for some years he got married to Ms Gurdeep Kaur and the couple had a daughter Mehakpreet and a son Jobanpreet Singh. By the year 2020, he had put in over two decades of service and had been promoted to the rank of Naib Subedar. In his service spanning over 22 years, Nb Sub Mandeep Singh had served in various operational areas with challenging work environments.
LAC Operation: 15/16 June 2020
During June 2020, Naib Subedar Mandeep Singh’s unit was deployed in eastern Ladakh close to the Line of Actual Control(LAC). Since early June the tension along the LAC was building up due to construction work in Galwan valley close to the road going from Leh to Daulat Beg Oldie. The Chinese had a serious objection to the construction of a bridge across the Galwan river into the Aksai Chin area. The area held strategic importance to India as well as China as it dominated the road from Leh to Daulat Beg Oldie an airstrip of great military significance to India. There had been many rounds of talks between senior military officials from both sides to diffuse the tensions. On 15/16 June 2020 night, hectic Chinese activities were noticed across the bridge in Galwan valley and the Indian Army decided to take up the matter with Chinese forces to ask them to respect the LAC and adhere to the position as agreed earlier during the talks.
Considering the gravity of the situation, Col Santosh Babu the Commanding Officer of 16 Bihar battalion deployed in the area decided to lead the negotiations. However, an altercation during the discussion raised the tempers leading to a scuffle. Soon the scuffle turned into a violent clash with the Chinese soldiers attacking Col Santosh Babu and his men with deadly clubs and rods. The Indian soldiers were greatly outnumbered and the Chinese soldiers seemed to be prepared for the attack. As the clashes escalated Nb Sub Mandeep Singh and other soldiers joined the beleaguered Indian troops to take on the Chinese soldiers. The clashes went on for many hours during which many Indian soldiers including Nb Sub Mandeep Singh got seriously injured. Naib Subedar Mandeep Singh, the CO, Col Santosh Babu and 18 other soldiers later succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. The other brave hearts included Nb Sub Nanduram Soren, Nb Sub Satnam Singh, Hav Bipul Roy, Hav Sunil Kumar, Hav K Palani, Naik Deepak Singh, Sep Ganesh Hansda, Sep Chandan Kumar, Sep CK Pradhan, Sep Aman Kumar, Sep Kundan Kumar, Sep Rajesh Orang, Sep Ganesh Ram, Sep KK Ojha, Sep Jai Kishore Singh, Sep Gurtej Singh, Sep Ankush, and Sep Gurbinder Singh.
Naib Subedar Mandeep Singh was a valiant soldier and a dependable JCO who laid down his life in the line of his duty. Naib Subedar Mandeep Singh is survived by his mother Smt Shakuntala Devi, wife Smt Gurdeep Kaur, daughter Mehakpreet Kaur and son Jobanpreet Singh.
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