Service No: 2516683X

Date of Birth: 15 Nov 1997

Place of Birth : Mansa dist, (Punjab)

Service: Army

Last Rank: Sepoy

Unit: 3 Punjab

Arm/Regt: The Punjab Regiment

Operation: CI & IS Ops

Award: VrC

Date of Martyrdom : 15 Jun 2020

Sepoy Gurtej Singh VrC

Sepoy Gurtej Singh hailed from Birewala Dogran village in Budladha Tehsil of Mansa district in Punjab. Son of Shri Virsa Singh and Smt Prakash Kaur, Sep Gurtej Singh was born on 15th Nov 1997. Youngest among three siblings, he was inclined to join the Armed Forces right from his childhood. Eventually, he joined the Army after completing his school education in 2018 at the age of 20 years. He was recruited into 3 Punjab battalion of the Punjab Regiment, an infantry Regiment of Indian Army well known for its intrepid soldiers and numerous battle & theater honours.

 

After completing his training at the Punjab Regiment Centre, Sep Gurtej Singh was posted to the 3rd Battalion of the Punjab Regiment on 14 October 2019. At that time Battalion was deployed in Northern Glacier at Siachen. During the Siachen tenure, he was deployed at Malaun Post, Bila Complex (Height-18018 feet) and successfully completed his tenure in Northern Glacier.

 

Operation Snow Leopard: 15 June 2020

 

During June 2020, Sep Gurtej Singh’s unit was deployed in eastern Ladakh close to the Line of Actual Control(LAC) as part of Operation Snow Leopard. 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 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, Sep Gurtej Singh and other soldiers from 3 Punjab too joined the beleaguered Indian troops to take on the Chinese soldiers. The clashes went on for many hours during which many Indian soldiers including Sep Gurtej Singh got seriously injured. Sep Gurtej Singh, the CO, Col Santosh Babu, and 18 other soldiers later succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. The other brave hearts included Hav K Palani, Nk Deepak Kumar, Nb Sub Mandeep Singh, Nb Sub Nanduram Soren, Nb Sub Satnam Singh, Hav Bipul Roy, Hav Sunil Kumar, Sep Ganesh Hansda, Sep Ganesh Ram, Sep Chandan Kumar, Sep CK Pradhan, Sep Gurbinder Singh, Sep Aman Kumar, Sep Kundan Kumar, Sep Rajesh Orang, Sep KK Ojha, Sep Jai Kishore Singh, and Sep Ankush. Sep Gurtej Singh was a valiant and dedicated soldier who laid down his life at the age of 23 years in the line of his duty. Sep Gurtej Singh was given the gallantry award, “Vir Chakra” on 26 Jan 2021 for his exceptional courage, devotion to duty, and supreme sacrifice.

 

Sep Gurtej Singh is survived by his father Shri Virsa Singh, mother Smt Prakash Kaur, and a brother.

The citation for the ‘Vir Chakra’ awarded to him reads:-

 

On 15 June 2020, Sep Gurtej Singh was performing the duties of the scout of his operational patrol and was tasked to establish an observation post. He successfully spotted the enemy troops building up against the Indian troops while establishing the observation post. The faceoff between the two sides turned into a violent skirmish in which the enemy troops attempted to push back the Indian troops. In the ensuing clash, the enemy soldiers used lethal weapons and heavily outnumbered their own troops. he himself got seriously injured however, with utter disregard to his personal safety, he continued to fight the enemy valiantly and also extricated his own injured troops, thereby saving a number of fellow soldiers of his patrol party before making the supreme sacrifice.

 

In recognition of his act of bravery in face of the enemy, courage, and supreme sacrifice, Sep Gurtej Singh is awarded “Vir Chakra (Posthumous)”.

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14 Comments
  • Harman jot Singh

    2020at9:04 am Reply

    Proud to you

    • Bishal Saha

      2021at8:48 pm

      Bravest Of The Brave.

      Salute

    • Rishabh kum

      2021at6:46 am

      Proud to you
      Jai hindi.
      Waheguru ji ka khalsa waheguru ji ki fateh.
      Our Indian and punjabi brave lion.

  • Harman jot Singh

    2020at9:06 am Reply

    Proud feel

  • Molik Sharma

    2020at12:22 pm Reply

    Proud of you Gurtej paaji. Salute

    • Chetan Gupta

      2021at9:56 am

      Heartily salute to you.

  • Maj Hen Harvijay Singh, SM

    2021at11:27 pm Reply

    Salute this young braveheart. This nation needs to respect his supreme sacrifice with a Param Vir Chakra. Salute.

  • Arjun Dewesar

    2021at1:04 am Reply

    Words are short enough to describe your valour Shri. Gurtej Singh! I respect you with all my heart and Thank you soo much to you and your family. You will be remembered throughout the history. Jai Hind!

  • Travel History

    2021at7:23 pm Reply

    Param Vir Chakra for this exceptionally brave young man. I bow in respect to his parents and am deeply sorry for their loss

  • Akhilesh Mehta

    2021at7:20 am Reply

    Proud of your courage and pray that your divine soul rest in eternal peace.

    • Surinder Pal Singh

      2021at12:27 pm

      My big salute to the young brave heart Gurtej Singh and his fellows for showing examplary courage in the most difficult terrain.. Their supreme sacrifice will be remembered for ever..

  • Amar D. Gaikwad

    2021at11:57 am Reply

    Pride valiant bravery are also so small words in front of your sacrifice for our motherland.You people are born to serve the motherland.
    Your sacrifice is a great lesson to all the human race that anyone who takes Indians to be granted will have to face such patriotism and heroism at the extreme levelof this peaceful land on Earth.
    Your Sacrifice will be praised by all Indians and will try to follow the path led by you… In
    Jai Hind

  • Dharamvir Singh

    2021at12:42 pm Reply

    Proud of you. PUNJAB has always given his side to the State but the State haven’t even given us what we need. Even we have sacrificed our youth for the Country’s Pride
    & Honor. Unless our people won’t awake and make our state free from the corrupt politicians the State won’t be getting and Justice. So, Let the Right to come in Front.
    So choose Wisely, Politicians(uneducated) are the reason for Corruption.
    Thats why most of the Punjab’s youth is moving to countries like Canada, Australia etc. Just because The System don’t provide them what they deserve.
    #kisaanektazindabaad #punjabwantjustice

  • O k singh

    2021at3:10 pm Reply

    Proud to you
    Jai jawan
    Waheguru ji ka khalsa waheguru ji ki fateh.
    Our Indian and punjabi brave sikh lion.

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