Service No : IC-4004

Date of Birth : Nov 15, 1928

Place of Birth : Burma

Service: Army

Last Rank : Lt Gen

Unit : 1 Para

Arm/Regt : The Punjab Regiment

Award : MVC, PVSM

Date of Demise : Jan 29, 2012

Lt Gen Ranjit Singh Dayal MVC, PVSM

Lt Gen Ranjit Singh Dyal was born on 15th Nov 1928 in Burma, later on, brought up in Una district of Himachal Pradesh. He was the son of Mr. Ram Singh Dyal, who also served in Indian army as a Risaldar Major. Lt Gen Ranjit Singh Dyal joined the King George Royal Indian Military College boarding School in Jalandhar and soon became head boy of the school.


graduated in 1942, and joined IMA in 1946 and got commissioned in the Indian army in Punjab Regiment (Para) on 12th Sep 1948. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, which took part in the 1948 Indo-Pak War. He later commanded this battalion during 1965-1968 in Jammu & Kashmir, and also as part of the 50 Independent Para Brigade at Agra. He became the Army Commander, then General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, and later the governor of both Puducherry and Andaman and Nicobar.


Indo Pak War: Aug 1965


During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, Ranjit Singh (then a Major) led the 1st Para team to capture the strategic Haji Pir pass (which was later handed over to Pakistan after the Tashkent Agreement). According to the original plan prepared by Harbaksh Singh, the then General-Officer-Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Army Command, the Army was to capture Rustan and Badori on the way to the Haji Pir pass. Ranjit Singh’s unit was tasked with capturing Sank, Sar and Ledwali Gali to stop the enemy infiltration. However, the attack on Sank on the night of 25/26 August was unsuccessful, resulting in 18 casualties.


Major Ranjit Singh’s paratroopers captured Sank on the night of 26/27 August, and Point 1033 the next day. Meanwhile, four attacks on Rustan and Badori by other battalions had proved unsuccessful. Ranjit Singh then volunteered to capture the Haji Pir pass, and his battalion took over the operation on 27 August. The unit moved along the Hyderabad nullah with only damp shakarparas and biscuits as field ration. Ranjit Singh’s paratroopers were fired upon by the Pakistani Army but were saved by an unexpected shower. They subsequently captured some Pakistani soldiers from a house during the trek, took over their weapons and used them as load carriers for rest of the journey to the pass. The unit launched the final assault on the pass on 28 August, walking up 4,000 feet on foot. The attack was successful, as the Pakistan troops retreated from the pass. Ranjit Singh Dyal was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra for this operation. Lt Gen Ranjit Singh Dyal was one of the first MVC awardees in the early days of the 1965 war.


In 1984, Ranjit Singh Dyal was appointed the security adviser to the Governor of Punjab for the Operation Blue Star, and effectively had the overall charge of leading the assault. At that time, he was chief of staff of the Western Army Command. Along with Kuldip Singh Brar and Krishnaswamy Sundarji, he drew up the plans to evict the Khalistani militants from the Golden Temple in Amritsar. 


Administrative career (1988- 1993)


Ranjit Singh served as the Lieutenant Governor of Indian Union Territories of Puducherry and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Ranjit Singh later became the General-Officer-Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) of the Southern Command. He also served as the first head of the Chandigarh regional chapter of the Punjab Regiment Officers Association (PROA) in 2008.


Lt Gen Ranjit Singh Dyal, after leading a fulfilling 84 years of life, breathed his last owing to natural causes on 29th January 2012 at the Command Hospital at Panchkula. Lt Gen Ranjit Singh Dyal is survived by his wife Barinder K Dyal and daughter Parveen K Dyal.

The citation for the Maha Vir Chakra awarded to him reads:

On the night of 25 August 1965, Major R. S. Dyal led an assault on Sank in J&K. It was stalled by heavy Pakistani fire. Acting with cool courage, Major Dyal managed to extricate his company intact and on the following night he again led an assault and captured Sank. He pursued the enemy relentlessly and fighting with great zeal captured Ledwali Gali by 1100 hours on 27 August. Thereafter, marching by night through very difficult terrain, he took the enemy by surprise and at 1100 hours on 28 August, captured Haji Pir Pass. In this action, a Pakistani officer and 11 Pakistani other ranks were taken, prisoner. On the following morning, Major Dyal deployed a platoon to capture another feature. Seeing that our patrol had come under heavy enemy fire, he immediately went to help it with another platoon. In the face of heavy enemy machine gun and mortar fire, he led his two platoons in a lightning attack as a result of which the enemy fled in confusion.

Throughout this operation, Major R. S. Dyal displayed outstanding leadership and courage of a very high order in the best traditions of the Indian Army.

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  • Prem Singh ex sarpanch

    2019 at 2:36 pm Reply

    I and my village proud of Lt Gen Ranjit Singh Dyal.I proud of my Taya ji

  • Prem Singh ex sarpanch

    2019 at 2:38 pm Reply

    I proud of Lt Gen Ranjit Singh Dyal.i and my whole villagers and everyone is proud of Taya ji Ranjit Singh dyal ji….I m from una his villager

  • Col AK Sharma

    2020 at 2:23 am Reply

    The Nation and the Indian Army holds Lt Gen RS Dayal , MVC , PVSM in the highest respect . His gallant action to capture Haji Pir shall remain enshrined in the annals of military history.

    The General shall ever remain a harbinger for soldiering , patriotism and devotion to duty.

    Every citizen of India must read the historic victory of Indian Army to capture of Haji Pir .

    Jai Hind
    Col AK Sharna

  • Avtar Kapoor

    2021 at 2:30 pm Reply

    I read about the Hazipir operation conducted by Late Lt Gen (Then Major) RS Dyal in an old book named ‘RAN MEIN UTRE SPOOT) and knew about it in detail. Really he was a great warrior and good administrator. His valour and patriotism is very motivational to the present generation.

  • Poovathumkandy Srijai

    2023 at 6:24 pm Reply

    Truly one of the Bravest and Greatest Sons of Bharath.
    It is only because of the Courage , Devotion to Duty , Patriotism and Leadership Qualities of Great Soldiers and Military Leaders like the Late Lt.Gen RS Dayal – that we and our families are able to live peacefully and enjoy our lives.
    Our Armed Forces and the Brave Men and Women in Uniform Deserve the Highest Respect , Gratitude ,Love and Support from each and every Citizen of Bharath.
    May God Bless and Protect Our Valiant Soldiers Always .

  • Gurcharan Singh Sandhu

    2023 at 6:27 pm Reply

    Sir, I want to buy book on Ranjit singh dayal. I have great respect of our soldiers and General left. General.

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