Service No : 4435751
Place of birth : Ludhiana, Punjab
Service : Army
Last Rank : Lance Havaldar
Arm/Regt : The Sikh LI
Awards : SC
Martyrdom : December 25, 1966
Lance Havaldar Piara Singh hailed from Ludhiana district of Punjab. Son of Shri Moti Singh and Smt Bishan Kaur, he joined the army after completing his school education. He was recruited into 7 Sikh LI battalion of the Sikh Light Infantry regiment an infantry Regiment with a rich history of valour and battle honours.
Manipur Operation : 25th Dec 1966
During 1966, Lance Hav Piara Singh's unit was deployed in Manipur and was engaged in counter-insurgency operations on a regular basis. The AOR(Area of responsibility) of the unit was affected by the anti-national activities of the insurgents who would attack the security forces every now and then. Consequently the unit troops had to maintain a very high level of alert at all times and be prepared for action at a very short notice. Based on the information from the intelligence sources, 7 Sikh LI planned one such counter-insurgency operation on 25 Dec 1966. The operation was planned essentially to neutralize a hostile camp falling under the AOR of the unit. Lance Hav Piara Singh was part of the team that was tasked for this operation.
Lance Hav Piara Singh was commanding the platoon that was made responsible for the attack and destruction of the hostile camp. While the platoon was assaulting the camp, it came under heavy LMG firing from the hostiles. In this action Lance Hav Piara Singh moved forward from the post and charged the hostile party without caring for his safety. However while doing so, he was hit a burst of bullets in his chest. Despite being severely injured, Lance Hav Piara Singh rushed towards the LMG and started firing from the hip. Displaying courage of a very high order, he eventually managed to eliminate the hostile. However he later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Lance Hav Piara Singh was a gallant soldier, who led from the front and laid down his life in the line of his duty.
Lance Hav Piara Singh was given the gallantry award, “Shaurya Chakra” for his commendable courage, devotion to duty, fighting spirit and supreme sacrifice.