Service No: 15474764
Last Rank : Sowar
Unit : 33 RR
Arm/Regt : The Armoured Corps
Award: Shaurya Chakra
Date of Martyrdom : Apr 9,2002
Sowar Makhan Singh after completing his education he joined the Indian Army, after his training he was recruited to Armoured Corps Regiment.
During 2002, Sowar Makhan Singh was leading a scout of Bravo Company Commander’s Quick Reaction Team (QRT). The team was on a search and destroy operation in the dense jungle in Gutlibagh Forest in J&K. On 9th April at around 0900 hrs, Sowar Makhan Singh and his team reached a rocky cliff face, where he immediately noticed two terrorists below the cliff. The terrorists opened fire and started to flee away from the place, but Sowar Makhan Singh jumped down the cliff and blocked there escape and he charged the nearest terrorist and killed him. He then came under a hail of bullets from the other terrorist in which Sowar Makhan Singh was injured to his neck and hand. With no regards to his personal safety, he jumped on the second terrorist and snatched his rifle and killed him in hand fight. During this heavy exchange of struggle, Sowar Makhan Singh got severely injured and was evacuated to the nearest hospital. However, he later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Sowar Makhan Singh was a valiant and dedicated soldier who laid down his life in the service of the nation.
Sowar Makhan Singh displayed courage and determination while fighting the terrorists and made the supreme sacrifice in the best tradition of the Indian Army. For his ultimate patriotism, he is remembered and saluted. Sowar Makhan Singh was awarded the nation’s second highest peacetime gallantry award, “Kirti Chakra” for his outstanding courage, leadership and supreme sacrifice.
The Citation to the Award Shaurya Chakra reads him to:
Sowar Makhan Singh was the leading scout of Bravo Company Commander’s Quick Reaction team. On 9th April 2002, the team was on a search and destroy operation in the dense jungle in Gutlibagh Forest in Jammu & Kashmir.
At about 0900 hours Sowar Makhan Singh reached a rocky cliff face. Due to his alertness he noticed two terrorists below the cliff. Immediately the terrorists opened fire and started to flee. On seeing this Sowar Makhan Singh jumped down the Cliff, physically blocking their escape and charged at the nearest terrorist and killed him. He then came under a hail of bullets from the second terrorist due to which he was injured in the neck and hand his rifile was rendered useless. Undeterred he jumped on the second terrorist, snatched his rifile and killed him in a fierce hand to hand tussle. The gallnat soldier later attained martyrdom during evacuation.
Sowar Makhan Singh displayed raw courage and exemplary bravery while fighting the terrorists and made the supreme sacrifice in the best tradition of Indian Army.
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