Sep Saraj Singh hailed from Baribra village in Shahjahanpur district of Uttar Pradesh. Son of Shri Vichitra Singh, he was youngest among three brothers. His two elder brothers Gurpreet Singh and Sukhbir Singh too were serving in the army and were posted in Kashmir in 2021. Sep Saraj Singh followed in the footsteps of his brothers and joined the army in 2015 at the age of 20 years.
He was recruited into 11 Sikh battalion of the Sikh Regiment, an infantry Regiment well known for its gallant soldiers and various battle honours. He got married in the year 2019, after having served for nearly four years. Later, after serving with his parent unit for sometime he was deputed to serve with 16 RR battalion, deployed in J&K for counter insurgency operations.
Surankote Operation (J&K) : 11 Oct 2021
During 2021, Sep Saraj Singh‘s unit 16 RR battalion was deployed in the Poonch sector of J & K along the LOC. The LOC was highly active and volatile where cease fire violations occurred very often and without any warning. It was also used by the terrorists for infiltration with the connivance of Pakistani security forces. The infiltration by the terrorists was invariably attempted under the cover of artillery fire or with the help of Border Action Team(BAT). Based on the information from the intelligence sources, about the presence of 4-5 hardcore terrorists in Surankote in frontier Jammu district of Poonch, the security forces launched a search and cordon operation on 11 Oct 2021. Sep Saraj Singh was part of the team that was assigned the task of conducting this operation.
The operation was launched in the early morning of 11 Oct 2021. Though the troops commenced the search and cordon operation initially in the suspected forested Chamrer area of Surankote, it spread to the adjoining Bhangai village of Rajouri district by evening. In the operation in villages close to Dera Ki Gali in Surankote, a fierce gun battle erupted with the terrorists, who felt threatened with the advancing troops. During the heavy exchange of fire, Sep Saraj Singh and four other soldiers received gun shots and got severely injured. They later succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. Besides Sep Saraj Singh the martyred soldiers included Nb Sub Jaswinder Singh, Sep Gajjan Singh, Naik Mandeep Singh and Sep Vaisakh H. Sep Saraj Singh was a gallant soldier who laid down his life in the service of the nation at the age of 26 yrs.
Sep Saraj Singh is survived by his father Shri Vichitra Singh, wife and brothers Gurpreet Singh and Sukhbir Singh.