Service No : 14361856W

Date of Birth : January 19, 1963

Place of birth : Nalanda Dist (Bihar)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Naik

Arm/Regt : Army Air Defence

Operation : Op Rakshak

Martyrdom : October 29, 1997

Naik Arvind Prasad Singh

Naik Arvind Prasad Singh hailed from Lodipur village in Nagar Nausa Subdivision of Nalanda district in Bihar and was born on 19 Jan 1963. Son of Shri Ram Swarth Singh, Nk Arvind Prasad had four brothers and two sisters as his siblings. He came from a humble background and saw poverty from close quarters. He developed into a responsible and hard-working young man, who worked in the fields as a farmer while growing up. He was also a keen sportsman and especially excelled in wrestling. He joined the army after completing his school education on 20 Dec 1981 at the age of 18 years. He was recruited into the 157 Lt AD Regiment of the Corps of Army Air Defence,  an arm of the Indian Army tasked with the Air Defence of the country from external threats. 

 

After serving for some time, he got married to Ms. Rajmani Devi and the couple was blessed with a son Kunal Singh, and a daughter Chandan. He gradually evolved into a professionally competent and dedicated soldier, having served in various operational areas. He took part in Operation "Blue Star" in 1984 as a young Sepoy and then went on to serve in other significant operations. He also worked in DRDO on deputation on a missile project and was appreciated for his professional skills and dedication. By the year 1997, he had put in around 16 years of service and had been promoted to the rank of Naik.

 

Operation Rakshak (Banihal Operation: J&K): 29 Oct 1997

 

During 1997, Nk Arvind Prasad’s unit was deployed in the Ramban district of J & K as part of "Operation Rakshak". The unit was manning the forward posts in the Banihal area of Ramban district. As the area of his unit’s operation was very volatile and prone to infiltration by militants, the unit troops had to maintain a strict vigil at all times and deployed armed patrols with regular frequency. The landmines along the patrol routes posed a danger to the troops and the Bomb Disposal Squad of the unit was often called upon to sanitize the routes. The units deployed in the area followed strict SOPs(Standard Operating Procedures) while moving the men and material by deploying road-opening teams to conduct sanitization of the area. On 29 Oct 1997, Nk Arvind Prasad was part of a road-opening party (ROP), tasked to sanitize the designated stretch of National Highway 1A, in the Banihal area of Ramban district.  

 

As Nk Arvind Prasad and other comrades were traversing through the challenging terrain as per the planned route on NH-1A,  their vehicle came under attack by an IED blast triggered by the militants. The blast was very powerful resulting in serious damage to the vehicle. The blast also had a devastating effect, injuring the soldiers severely including Nk Arvind Prasad. He was shifted to the nearby medical facility for emergency treatment. However, Nk Arvind Prasad later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Nk Arvind Prasad was a gallant and committed soldier, who laid down his life at the age of 34 years in the line of his duty.  

 

Naik Arvind Prasad Singh is survived by his wife Smt Rajmani Devi, son Hav Kunal Singh and daughter Smt Chandan Devi. Carrying forward the legacy of his father, Kunal Singh joined the Indian Army and is currently serving in the rank of Havildar. 

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2 Comments
  • Kunal Singh

    2024 at 6:07 am Reply

    Sir I manten

  • Kunal

    2024 at 2:44 pm Reply

    Thanks mam

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