Service No : JC-522085K
Place of birth : Samba, J&K
Service : Army
Last Rank : Naib Subedar
Arm/Regt : The Dogra Regiment
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Awards : SM
Martyrdom : June 4, 2015
Naib Subedar Ram Singh belonged to Nandpur village in Ramgarh tehsil of Samba district and had joined the Army in 2005. Naib Subedar Ram Singh belonged to a family of soldiers in the Jammu region wherein his father and all his three uncles too served in the army. A trained commando, Nb Sub Ram Singh’s ability and agility were so impressive that he was repeatedly posted to the prestigious High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) in Gulmarg and Sonamarg where he has entrusted the job of training the soldiers in the high altitude warfare.
By 2015 Nb Sub Ram Singh had put in about 10 years of service and had served in various challenging operational areas. After serving in J & K, he was later posted to the northeast in Manipur, another militancy-affected area of the country.
Manipur Attack: 04 June 2015
During 2015, Nb Sub Ram Singh’s unit was deployed in Manipur in the north eastern part of the country. There had been militant activity in the border region of Manipur in the early part of the year 2015. In response to this, 1,463-km of an un-fenced border between Manipur and Myanmar had been sealed and the Army and paramilitary forces had launched a major counter-offensive against the militants. On the 4th of June, the 6 Dogra infantry was heading to the capital of Manipur, Imphal in a 4-vehicle convoy. While they were crossing the Chandel district, on the way, they were ambushed by militants. Tribal guerrillas fired rocket-propelled grenades and detonated improvised explosive devices on the convoy, killing 18 soldiers and injuring another 11 soldiers.
The attack by militants on the convoy was planned by a joint group comprising of cadres from NSCN(K), Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) and Kanglapak Communist Party (KCP). The well-trained militants had planned the ambush beforehand and they triggered a landmine when the military convoy reached the area between Paralong village and Charong village in Chandel district. They also attacked the convoy with heavy automatic weapons, firing from vantage points and fired rockets and grenades. Most of the convoy, consisting of about 4 vehicles with 50 soldiers, was severely damaged and many soldiers were burnt to death on account of the blast. The few survivors were shot to death by the militants.
The incident was reported to be one of the deadliest attacks by militants in the area. Naib Subedar Ram Singh was one of the 18 brave soldiers who lost their lives in this horrendous attack. Besides Nb Sub Ram Singh the other soldiers included Hav. Parkash Chand (from Mandi, Himachal Pradesh), Hav. Sat Pal Bhasin (from Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir), Hav. Sunil Kumar Sharma (from Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir), Hav. Rajesh Kumar (from Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh), Hav. Randeep Singh (from Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir), Nk Ashok Kumar (from Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh), L Nk Rajneesh Singh (from Kangra, Himachal Pradesh), Sep Ram Prasad Yadav (from Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh), L Nk Kuldeep Raj (from Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir), Sep Manoj Kumar (from Mandi, Himachal Pradesh), Sep Vijay Kumar (from Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir), Sep Vikas Bhardwaj (from Mandi, Himachal Pradesh), Sep Sohan Singh (from Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh), Cfn Bharateshwar (from Belgaum, Karnataka), Sep Jeetendra Kumar Kushwaha (from Rewa, Madhya Pradesh), Hav. Jagveer Singh (from Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh) and Sep Manjit Singh (from Pathankot, Punjab).
Nb Sub Ram Singh was a valiant and dedicated soldier who laid down his life in the service of the nation. Nb Sub Ram Singh was given the gallantry award, “Sena Medal” posthumously for his courage and sacrifice in the line of duty.
Pride and pain was visible in the family as they mourned the loss of this brave heart. “Entire family has slipped into the shock and mourning. But we are also proud that our brother has laid down his life for the country”, said Ved Prakash, elder brother of Ram Singh.