Service No : IC-25103
Place of birth : Jhajjar Dist(Har)
Service : Army
Last Rank : Captain
Unit : 15 Grenadiers
Arm/Regt : The Grenadiers
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Awards : SC, SM
Martyrdom : November 28, 1974
Captain Narender Singh Ahlawat hailed from Dighal village of Jhajjar district in Haryana. Son of an army veteran Major Ran Singh and Smt Nehali Dev, Capt Narender Singh came from a military family wherein his grandfather Shri Chaudhary Sohan Singh Ahlawat too served as a soldier and fought in World War 1. He grew up with five brothers and two sisters as his siblings. While two of his brothers Lt Col Ramphal and Colonel Mohinder Singh Ahlawat served in the Army, one of his brothers Shri Nafe Singh Ahlawat, retired as a District and Sessions Judge after serving in Haryana Judiciary. Another of his brothers Shri Ved Singh Ahlawat served as a DIG in the Border Security Force and his youngest brother Shri Virender Singh served as an officer in Delhi Police.
He did his schooling at King George School and thereafter graduated from DAV College, Chandigarh in 1959. Following the tradition of the family, he joined the Indian army after completing his education. He was commissioned into 15 Grenadiers battalion of the Grenadiers Regiment of Indian Army as a second lieutenant. Very early in his service career, he got involved into thick of operations as his unit got deployed on the western border, when the war with Pakistan became imminent. Despite being very young in service, he displayed courage and bravery of a very high order during the "Battle of Shakargarh" and won praise from all quarters. For his grit and resoluteness in the war, he was awarded the gallantry award, "Sena Medal" by Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.
Naga Insurgency Operation : 28 Nov 1974
During July 1974, Capt Narender Singh Ahlawat’s unit 15 Grenadiers was deployed in Nagaland as part of Operation Orchid. As a number of insurgents were active in the AOR(Area of Responsibility) of the unit, the unit troops were regularly engaged in counter insurgency operations. Capt Narender Singh was tasked for one such operation on 28 Nov 1974. Based in the information from the local intelligence network about the movement of a local insurgent group a search and destroy operation was planned. As per the operational plan, Capt Narender Singh established two stops in the suspected area, while the main column was conducting a search. Capt Narender Singh took charge of one of the stops while the other was being looked after by a Non-Commissioned Officer. After a while the Non-Commissioned Officer saw some hostiles at a distance of 300 yards from his stop and ordered his Light Machine Gun group to open fire. This took the insurgents by surprise, who ran helter-skelter in different directions.
Some of the insurgents ran towards the stop of Capt Narender Singh who immediately lifted his stop to intercept the insurgents. As a result, some of them rushed into the nearby nullah. Capt Narender Singh came face to face with two insurgents who surrendered on being challenged. In the meantime, another insurgent fired from the nullah at one of his stop members. Capt Narender Singh immediately swung into action and engaged that hostile but in the meanwhile, he got a burst in his chest. Though seriously wounded, he continued to engage that hostile and kept on instructing his soldiers to chase the other fleeing hostiles. However he soon succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Capt Narender Singh Ahlawat was a valiant soldier and gritty officer, who led from the front and laid down his life in the line of his duty.
Capt Narender Singh Ahlawat was given the gallantry award, “Shaurya Chakra” for his conspicuous bravery, leadership, devotion to duty and supreme sacrifice.