Service No : JC39248A
Date of Birth : May 31, 1929
Place of birth : Sangrur, Punjab
Service : Army
Last Rank : Subedar
Unit : 14 Punjab
Arm/Regt : The Punjab Regiment
Awards : MVC
Martyrdom : November 21, 1971
Subedar Malkiat Singh hailed from Lohat Baddi village in Sangrur district of Punjab and was born on 31st May 1929. Son of Shri Gurcharan Singh, he joined the army at the age of 18 years on 05th May 1947. He was recruited into the 14 Punjab battalion of the Punjab Regiment, one of the most decorated infantry Regiments of the Indian Army. By the year 1971, he had put in around 24 years of service and had been promoted to the rank of Subedar. By then he had served in various field areas and developed into a committed soldier and dependable Junior Commissioned Officer.
Battle of Garibpur (Indo-Pak War) : 21/22 Nov 1971
During Indo-Pak 1971 war, Sub Malkiat Singh’s unit 14 Punjab was deployed on the Eastern border. The unit commanded by Lt Col RK Singh was functioning under the operational control 42 Infantry Brigade, which was under 9 Infantry Division. As part of the operational plan 9 Infantry Division under General Dalbir Singh was given the task of capturing Jessore. 9 Infantry Division decided to secure a bridgehead across the Kabadak River near the international border at Bayra through a preliminary operation which came to be known as 'Battle of Garibpur'. 42 Infantry Brigade tasked 14 Punjab for the operation which was allotted a squadron of 45 Cavalry and a platoon of engineers for close support.
Subedar Malkiat Singh was given the nation’s second highest gallantry award “Maha Vir Chakra” for his raw courage, unfaltering leadership and act of supreme sacrifice beyond the call of duty. Sub Malkiat Singh is survived by his wife Smt Gurdev Kaur.
The citation of Maha Vir Chakra awarded to him reads:
Subedar Malkiat Singh was commanding a platoon of a battalion of Punjab Regiment, which was occupying a defended area on the Eastern Front. His position was attacked in strength by Pakistan infantry and armour Subedar Malkiat Singh moved from trench to trench encouraging his men. The enemy came within 50 yards and subjected his position to effective light machine gun fire and grenades from covered positions. With utter disregard for his own safety, he crawled forward to engage the enemy and, even though wounded, killed two enemy machine gunners before he was hit by an enemy tank as a result of which he died.
Throughout, Subedar Malkiat Singh displayed conspicuous bravery and leadership.