Service No: SS-36999

Place of Birth: Jhansi (UP)

Service: Army

Last Rank: Major

Unit : 17 Para Fd Regt

Arm/Regt : The Regiment of Artillery

Award : Shaurya Chakra

Date of Martyrdom : Oct 04,2001

Major Vijit Kumar Singh SC

Major Vijit Kumar Singh was born in Jhansi and hailed from the state of Uttar Pradesh. Son of an Army officer Lt Col Murli Mohan Singh, Maj Vijit had a brother Santosh and sister Vandita as his siblings. Inspired by his father, who served with 6 Fd Regt in the Regiment of Artillery, Maj Vijit nursed the idea of donning the olive green right from his younger days. Following his passion, eventually he joined the Army and was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery, the second largest arm of the Indian army.


Assam-Manipur Border Operation: 04 Oct 2001


During 2001, Maj Vijit Kumar’s unit was deployed in Assam for counterinsurgency operations. 17 (Para) Field Regiment was inducted into insurgency prone North Cachar Hill region in Assam and Jiribam in Manipur in 2000. In the following period, the Regiment undertook relentless operations against the terrorists resulted in commendable operational results. On 4th October 2001, his unit received reports about the presence of insurgents belonging to NSCN(IM) cadre near Assam-Manipur border. NSCN(IM) was a faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland, whose objective was to establish a sovereign, Naga State by unifying all the Naga-inhabited areas in the North East of India. The organization had armed rebels who were engaged in anti-national activities. Based on the intelligence reports it was decided to launch a search and destroy operation to deal with the insurgents under the leadership of  Maj Vijit Kumar. As planned Maj Vijit Kumar reached the designated place along with his team and cordoned off the suspected area.


Whilst the search operation was underway, the team came under attack from the insurgents. Displaying extraordinary leadership and courage, Maj Vijit Kumar quickly redeployed the troops and charged towards the militants. He then in a swift action killed one militant and injured two, forcing them to leave their positions. In the continued action one of the injured militants was about to shoot at his buddy when Maj Vijit Kumar charged towards the militant and drew fire on himself. He was severely injured but managed to kill the militants who posed danger before collapsing on the ground. He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Maj Vijit Kumar was a gritty and a determined officer, who led his men from the front and laid down his life following the highest traditions of the Indian army. Maj Vijit Kumar was given the gallantry award “Shaurya Chakra” posthumously for his extraordinary bravery, grit, fighting spirit and supreme sacrifice.


Major Vijit Kumar Singh is survived by his father an army veteran Lt Col Murli Mohan Singh, brother Col Santosh Kumar (who also serves with 6 Fd Regt like his father) and sister Smt Vandita Singh, a well known motivator and counselor based in Mumbai.

Citation for the “Shaurya Chakra” awarded to him reads:-

On 04 Oct 2001, Maj Vijit  Kumar was the leading scout in seek and destroy operation against a group of NSCN(IM) CADRE in Assam Manipur border. On approaching a village the patrol was ambushed. Displaying an extraordinary temperament and steel nerves the officer, fired back and charged towards the militants. During the counter-ambush assault by the officer,  one militant was killed and two injured, forcing them to leave their positions, In the continued action one of the injured militants was about to shoot at his buddy when the officer charged towards the militant and drew fire on himself. The officer was fatally injured but did not succumb to his injuries till he killed the militants who posed danger to own troops.

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  • Vijay

    2019 at 2:56 pm Reply

    Maj Vijit was one of the best officers to have served in 17 Para Fd Regt. His legacy continues to inspire youngsters and will always be the guiding light for coming generations. Just one correction. He was not from the parachute regiment. Although 17 Para Fd Regt is airborne, it is part of Regt of Artillery. However the Regt is associated with Parachute Regt too.

  • Vandita Singh, Sister to Major Vijit Singh, SC ( Posthumous), 17, Parafield Regiment. Indian Army.

    2021 at 8:54 am Reply

    Thank you. He was my brother and my soul. We had the best brother sister relationship and I am not saying this just because he is gone. I truly miss him so much and often wonder what he would have been like if he had survived. It’s been a very tough journey without him. I wish him to rest in power to plan his next action. It’s been 20 plus years. He must be a hero in heaven too.

  • Vandita Singh ( sister)

    2021 at 2:19 pm Reply

    Happy Birthday Vicky !♥️

    • Shivam Tripathi

      2021 at 6:55 pm

      Happy birthday sir, I heard his name since my childhood as I am also from allahabad but know very less about him, thank you for sharing such valuable words about him, I wish I could meet him ones in my life. I salute.

  • Anjali Mukhi

    2021 at 3:50 pm Reply

    Anjali Mukhi (one of his best friends)

    He IS my idol who has taught me ta live life “KingSize” which meant living life in the best possible way in the “moment” that u have coz he believed that “now” is all one has… What has ticked away is gone n what the next ticking brings is only coming…. so LIVE in the NOW.
    That’s what HE did in the NOW he had when he was fighting the militants then… finished the battle…killed the last militant… saved his buddy n Us n became “KING”… BUT “KINGS” belong in Heaven…
    No wonder “Heaven” is where everyone wants to go…

    Thanku Vicky I still live by this ideology which means u r still alive in my heart as that’s where Heaven or Hell actuality are….
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY my dear friend.. may the gods shower the power, courage n strength u showed in all ur future endeavors…c u in the evening Happy Soul…

  • Indraneel Bhattacharya

    2021 at 6:03 pm Reply

    Major Vijit Kumar Singh was someone I unfortunately never met, but I feel I’ve known him all my life because of the innumerable stories I heard about him from those who had the good fortune of knowing him. All his loved ones called him Vicky, and that is how I shall remember him.
    . A heartfelt 21 Flag salute to Vicky

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