Service No : 2514301K

Place of birth : Gurdaspur Dist(Pun)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Sepoy

Unit : 21 Punjab

Arm/Regt : The Punjab Regiment

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Martyrdom : May 8, 2021

Sepoy Pargat Singh

Sepoy Pargat Singh hailed from Daburji village near Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district of Punjab. Son of Shri Sardar Pritam Singh and Smt Sukhwinder Kaur, Sep Pargat Singh joined the Army after completing his school education. He was recruited into 21 Punjab battalion of the Punjab Regiment, an infantry Regiment of Indian Army well known for its intrepid soldiers and numerous battle & theater honours. 

 

Siachen Glacier Avalanche :  25 April 2021

 

During April 2021, Sep Pargat Singh’s unit 21 Punjab was deployed in the southern sector of the Siachen glacier in Ladakh. This sector was one of the most remote parts of the glacier and remained inaccessible during winter. The troops besides manning designated posts also operated regular patrols to monitor the area along the border. Sep Pargat Singh along with few other soldiers was on one such patrol on 25 Apr 2021. While the patrol team was traversing through the snow-clad terrain in sub-sector Haneef in southern Glacier area, a horrific avalanche struck them, giving very little time to take any action. The soldiers faced extreme risks in manning the inhospitable terrain at heights over 19,000 feet under extreme weather conditions on the world’s highest battlefield. Avalanches usually took place due to the accumulation of snow and were triggered by morning sunlight. In other cases, when the slope of accumulated snow was between 60 to 80 degrees, the instability led to an avalanche. Although the Army had a unit of the Snow Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) in Jammu and Kashmir, with several observatories at various locations to issue warnings and alerts to the Army formations and units, it could not detect this avalanche.

 

The rescue operation was launched by the army with a team equipped with specialized types of equipment. However, the soldiers had got buried under tons of snow and it was very difficult to locate them. Despite the herculean efforts, Sep Amardeep Singh and Sep Parabjeet Singh of the unit could not be saved, owing to their prolonged exposure to extreme cold conditions. However Sep Pargat Singh could be located after two days of operation and was evacuated to the Command Hospital at Chandigarh. But the valiant soldier lost the battle of life due to Hypothermia and severe injury to his lungs on 08 May 2021. Sep Pargat Singh was a brave and dedicated soldier who laid down his life in the line of his duty.

 

Sep Pargat Singh is survived by father Shri Sardar Pritam Singh, mother Smt Sukhwinder Kaur and two sisters.

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