Service No : JC579068H
Place of birth : Mandi Dist (HP)
Service : Army
Last Rank : Subedar
Unit : 1 JAK Rif
Arm/Regt : The J & K Rifles
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Awards : SM
Martyrdom : December 26, 2002
Subedar Shamsher Singh hailed from Dodar village of Sarkaghat Tehsil in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. He completed his primary education from Government School Rakhoh and subsequently studied from Government School Sarkaghat. After completing his schooling, he joined army on 05th Aug 1977. He was recruited into 1 JAK Rif battalion of the well known Jammu and Kashmir Rifles Regiment, an infantry regiment widely respected for its intrepid soldiers and numerous battle exploits.
After serving for few years, he got married to Ms Kamlesh Kumari and the couple had three children. During his service spanning over two decades he served in various field areas and took part in many significant operations. The many important operations that he was part of included Operation Savage in Sikkim (Feb 1983- June 1983), Operation Rakshak (1991-1993), Operation Hifazat (Feb 1998- Sep 1998) , Operation Vijay (July 1999- Dec 1999). He also served in field areas located in Pithoragarh, Ladakh, Kashmir valley and Andaman. By the year 2002, he had put in over 25 years of service and had been promoted to the rank of Subedar. By that time he had served in various challenging operational areas and developed into a tough soldier and dependable Junior Commissioned Officer.
Op Rakshak : 26 Dec 2002
During 2002, Sub Shamsher Singh was serving with 1 JAK Rif battalion deployed in J&K. As a number of militants were active in the unit’s AOR(Area of Responsibility), the unit troops had to maintain a very high state of preparedness at all times and had to undertake operations at a short notice. Based on the information from the intelligence sources, about the presence of some hardcore militants in unit's AOR, the unit decided to launch a search and cordon operation on 26 Dec 2002. Sub Shamsher Singh was detailed as a search party commander for the operation. As planned Sub Shamsher Singh along with his soldiers reached the suspected area and launched the search operation.
At around 1010 hrs, Sub Shamsher Singh and his troops made contact with one terrorist. Sub Shamsher Singh immediately deployed his troops tactically to block any escape route and managed to eliminate the terrorist. Subsequently he again mustered his men and continued the search as the threat was far from over. At around 1715 hrs in the evening the troops once again made contact with another terrorist, who fired at them on being challenged. A fierce gun battle followed thereafter with exchange of fire form both sides. However during the heavy exchange of fire Sub Shamsher Singh got severely injured. Despite being injured, he eliminated the second terrorist too before succumbing to his injuries. Sub Shamsher Singh was a valiant and committed JCO, who laid down his life in the line of his duty. Sub Shamsher Singh was given the gallantry award, “Sena Medal” for his exceptional courage, devotion to duty, and supreme sacrifice.
Sub Shamsher Singh is survived by his wife Smt Kamlesh Kumari and three children.