Service No : IC-33498
Date of Birth : January 15, 1953
Place of birth : Bharatpur Dist (Raj)
Service : Army
Last Rank : Major
Unit : 13 Sikh LI
Arm/Regt : The Sikh Light Infantry
Operation : Op Pawan
Awards : Vir Chakra
Martyrdom : October 11, 1987
Major Birendra Singh hailed from the Jagina village of Sewar tehsil at Bharatpur district in Rajasthan and was born on 15 Jan 1953. He studied from Rashtriya Military School Ajmer which he joined in the year 1964 and passed out in 1970. While studying in the Military School his inclination towards the Armed Forces grew and the foundation of his future military life was laid. Though he came from an influential political family (His uncle Shri K Natwar Singh later became India's Minister of Externa Affairs), he was inclined to serve in the Armed Forces since his younger days.
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 second Lieutenant at the age of 22 years. He was Commissioned into 13 Sikh LI of the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment, an infantry Regiment known for its brave soldiers and rich history of various battle honours. By the year 1987, he had put in over 10 years of service and had been promoted to the rank of a Major.
Sri Lankan Operations (Op Pawan) : 11 Oct 1987
During Oct 1987, Major Birendra Singh's unit 13 Sikh LI got deployed in Sri Lanka as part of IPKF operations. The IPKF launched its first operation on 9 October 1987, after formulating a multi-pronged strategy to take on LTTE. Code-named Operation Op Pawan, it was expected to neutralize LTTE operational capability in and around Jaffna. This included the capture or neutralization of the LTTE’s chain of command, which was expected to leave the rebel movement directionless in the face of the impending assault on the LTTE strongholds by the IPKF. On 10 October 1987, Intelligence inputs suggested that the LTTE leadership, which included not only Prabhakaran but also his deputies like Mahatiya and local military commanders were going to attend a meeting at their tactical HQ at Kokkovil in the Jaffna University campus on the night of October 11th.
The Army decided to utilize this opportunity of capturing them all and cut short the bitter fighting that lay ahead for the capture of Jaffna. A Special Helicopter Borne Operation (SHBO) was planned in which troops would be dropped in Jaffna University. The troops, would try to capture the LTTE Top leaders in a lightning strike and bring to end the resistance of the LTTE. The SHBO was planned to be carried out on the night of Oct 11/12 , when the Helicopter force would have to heli-drop IPKF Troops in the football ground in the Jaffna University Campus. The Troops allocated for the mission were 120 Commandos from 10 th Para Commando and about 360 Troops from 13th Sikh LI . At that time 13th Sikh LI was still under induction, with troops arriving into Jaffna airport by flights.