Service No : 4093174H

Place of birth : Chamoli Dist (U'khand)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Naik

Unit : 48 RR /15 Garh Rif

Arm/Regt : The Garhwal Rifles

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Martyrdom : December 21, 2023

Naik Birendra Singh

Naik Birendra Singh hailed from Bamiyala village in the Narayanbagar tehsil of Chamoli district in Uttarakhand and was born in the year 1990. Son of Shri Surendra Singh a farmer, Nk Birendra Singh was the youngest among four siblings, with two elder brothers and a sister. Naik Birendra Singh joined the army after completing his school education in the year 2010 at the age of 20 years. He was recruited into the 15 Gharwal Battalion of the Gharwal Rifles Regiment, an infantry regiment well known for its gallant soldiers. After serving with his parent regiment for quite some time, he was deputed to serve with the 48 RR battalion deployed in J&K for counter-insurgency operations.  By the year 2023, he had put in around 13 years of service and had been promoted to the rank of Naik.

 

Poonch Operation (J&K) : 20/21 Dec 2023

 

During Dec 2023, Naik Birendra Singh’s unit 48 RR was deployed in the Poonch district of J&K and was engaged in operations against the militants frequently. As the unit’s AOR(Area of Responsibility) was prone to infiltration by the militants, the unit troops had to maintain a high state of alert at all times. The unit undertook operations regularly in its AOR to check the infiltration invariably as part of joint operations along with other units or J&K Police. Based on information from intelligence sources about the presence of some hardcore terrorists in the Surankote area, the security forces launched an operation on 20 Dec 2023. As the operation demanded additional forces as reinforcement, soldiers from the 48 RR battalion were tasked to reach the site of operation on 21 Dec 2023.  Naik Birendra Singh was made part of the team that was tasked to join the ongoing operation. On 21 Dec 2023, Nk Birendra Singh and his comrades set off for the suspected site of search and cordon operation in Surankote tehsil of Poonch district.

 

However, as the convoy carrying the soldiers was on its way, the suspected terrorists attacked two Army vehicles – a gypsy and a truck on the road between Dera-Ki-Gali (DKG) and Buffliaz areas in Surankote tehsil. The heavily armed terrorists ambushed the Army vehicles at a blind curve at Dhatyar Morh between Dhera Ki Gali and Bufliaz under the jurisdiction of the Surankote police station at around 3.45 pm. It appeared that the Pakistan-sponsored terrorists in a pre-planned move, were waiting in the hideout to ambush the troops in the vehicles and carry out their sinister plan. The terrorists had chosen that place to attack as the stretch between Dhera Ki Gali and Bufliaz on the boundary of Rajouri and Poonch districts was densely forested and led to Chamrer forest and then Bhata Dhurian forest, which provided safe escape routes. The sudden attack had a devastating effect and as a result, many soldiers got severely injured. Nk Birendra Singh and three other soldiers soon succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. One more soldier too later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Besides Nk Birendra Singh, the other three martyred brave hearts included Naik Karan Kumar, Sowar Chandan Kumar, and Sowar Gautam Kumar. Nk Birendra Singh was a gallant and committed soldier, who laid down his life at the age of 33 years in the line of his duty.

 

Naik Birendra Singh is survived by his parents, wife, two daughters, two brothers, and a sister.

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