Service No : IC-47700Y

Date of Birth : June 8, 1966

Place of birth : Rohtak, Haryana

Service : Army

Last Rank : Major

Arm/Regt : The Madras Regiment

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Awards : Shaurya Chakra

Martyrdom : October 23, 1997

Major Sajjan Singh Gahlawat SC

Major Sajjan Singh Gahlawat hailed Kheri Sadh village in Sampla Tehsil of Rohtak district in Haryana and was born on 08 June 1966. Son of Shri Umrao Singh Gahlawat, he had two brothers as his siblings. He did his schooling from Sainik School, Kunjpura in Karnal district of Haryana. While studying in the Sainik School (Batch -1976-83) his inclination towards the Armed Forces grew and the foundation of his future military life was laid. His resolve to join the Army grew with the age and consequently, he got selected for the prestigious NDA after finishing school. He later went to  IMA Dehradun and was commissioned as a Lieutenant on 11 Jun 1988 at the age of 22 years. He was commissioned into 9 Madras of the Madras Regiment, an infantry Regiment well known for its dauntless soldiers and numerous battle exploits.


He soon evolved into a committed soldier and a fine officer with superior field-craft skills. Besides being a tough soldier he was very affable and caring which endeared him to his peers and subordinates as well.  After putting in few years of service he got married to Ms. Kamlesh and the couple had a daughter Sunaina and a son Lovedeep.  By 1997, he had put in around 9 years of service and had been promoted to the rank of a Major.


Surankot Operation : 23 Oct 1997


During Oct 1997, Maj Sajjan Singh Gahlawat's unit 9 Madras was deployed in the Poonch district of J&K. As the AOR(Area of Operation) of the unit was infested with militants, the troops had to undertake counter-insurgency operations on a regular basis. Surankote town falling in the unit's AOR between Rajauri and Poonch had become one of the gateways for militants to enter the Kashmir valley, often undetected. The militants often crossed the Line of Control (LOC) between Poonch and Krishna Ghati at night and before day break reached Surankote or the villages around which had gradually become safe havens for them to remain in hiding during the day. On 23 October 1997, Maj Gahlawat’s unit received intelligence inputs about the presence of militants in Sangilian village, near Surankote at Poonch district. After assessing the situation a decision was taken to launch an operation under the leadership of Maj Sajjan Singh Gahlawat, who was functioning as a Company Commander.  As planned, a cordon and search operation was launched on 23 Oct 1997, in the suspected area to eliminate the hardcore militants hiding in the village.


While Maj Gahlawat along with his company was carrying out search of the village, he was fired upon by militants from a hideout, in which one Havildar of his company was seriously injured. He then with absolute disregard to personal safety unflinchingly advanced in the hail of bullets and lobbed a hand grenade in the hideout killing two militants.  After rescuing the injured soldier, Maj Gahlawat dashed to another hideout, lobbed another grenade eliminating two more militants. Maj Gahlawat, on the war cry 'Veer Madrasi, Adi kul, Adi kul, Adi Kul' led the charge on the group of militants. During hand-to-hand close combat that ensued, Maj Gahlawat was grievously injured but kept engaging the militants till all his men were extricated to a safe position. Maj Gahlawat was evacuated to the Field Hospital but he succumbed en-route and was martyred. Maj Sajjan Singh Gahlawat was a valiant soldier and an officer par excellence who led from the front and laid down his life in the line of his duty following the highest traditions of the Indian Army. Maj Sajjan Singh Gahlawat was given the gallantry award, “Shaurya Chakra” for his extraordinary courage, leadership and supreme sacrifice.


Major Sajjan Singh Gahlawat is survived by his wife Smt Kamlesh Gahlawat, daughter Sunaina and son Lovedeep. Carrying forward the legacy of their father, his daughter as well as son joined the Armed Forces. His daughter Sunaina got commissioned into the Army Service Corps of Indian Army while his son Lovedeep, was commissioned into the Indian Air Force.

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  • Satvir Singh Chahar Principal Machhrauli Jhajjar

    2023at11:36 am Reply

    We are proud of you Sajjan. He was a nice person. We remember the time spent with you as classmate and roommate at S.S.Kunjpura.
    Jab tak Hindustan rahega.
    Sajjan tera naam rahega.

  • Digvijay Singh Samyal

    2023at1:07 pm Reply

    A heroic saga of a brave and patriotic officer! A guiding light to young Indians!

    God bless the Immortal Soldier! Jai Hind!

  • DV Tewathia 1517 C

    2023at1:43 pm Reply

    Proud of his martyrdom
    I am proud to be his school mate

  • DV Tewathia 1517 C

    2023at1:45 pm Reply

    A true braveheart
    A great all rounder in school

  • Lt Col Baljit Singh

    2023at2:38 pm Reply

    Maj Sajjan Singh was rightly awarded Saurya chakra for his daring & courageous fight,which resulted in neutralizing numbers of the hard core militants.A big salute to the the brave officer.

  • Dr kk kataria

    2023at6:36 pm Reply

    True soldier!

  • Anu Samyal

    2023at9:47 pm Reply

    The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.” —may Suniana n lovedeep proudly carry forward their father’s legacy alway
    Jai Hind

  • Capt Darshan Singh

    2023at9:42 am Reply

    ਮੇਰੇ ਨਾਲ ਕਮਾਂਡੋ ਵਿਚ ਬੇਲਗਾਮ ਇੰਸਟਰੱਕਟਰ ਸਨ ਇਕ ਪਰਫੈਕਟ ਇੰਸਟਰੱਕਟਰ ਸੀ ਉਹ ਵੀ ਅੱਜ ਜਨਰਲ ਹੁੰਦਾ

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