Service No: 243790

Date of Birth: Oct 19,1931

Place of Birth: Bhaini Bangar, Punjab

Service: Army

Last Rank : Naik

Unit : 9 Punjab

Arm/Regt: The Punjab Regiment

Operation: Op Indo-China War

Award: Maha Vir Chakra

Date of Martyrdom : Oct 10, 1962

Naik Chain Singh MVC

Naik Chain Singh was born on 19 October 1931 in BhainBangar village in Gurdaspur district of Punjab. Son of Shri Sadhu Ram, Naik Chain Singh was enrolled in the Punjab Regiment on his birthday in 1951 at the age of exactly 20 years.
During his initial years of service Naik Chain Singh served in various places with different terrain and operational conditions. By 1962 when the Indo-China war broke out Naik Chain Singh had already put in more than 10 years of  service and evolved into a battle hardened and dedicated soldier.
Indo-China war – October 1962
During the Indo-China war of 1962, Naik Chain Singh’s unit was deployed in erstwhile NEFA (North East Frontier Agency) the main battle ground for the war.  Naik Chain Singh was commanding a section of the 9 Punjab in Tsangle area of NEFA. On 9 october 1962, his platoon was tasked to move from Tsangle  to reinforce a vital position at Tsengjong, north of the Namkha Chu river. Later at night, one more platoon joined them to increase the strength of the position to 56 men. The troops had limited ammunition to fight with and hardly any time to prepare their defenses.
On 10th morning 500 chinese, concentrated in the north and east of this post, started shelling it with guns and mortars. Naik Chain Singh and his comrades fought well, inflicting heavy causalities on the enemy and repulsed the attack. The enemy troops then launched a more determined assault on the post from all sides.  Again Naik Chain Singh and his troops inflicted heavy causalities on them but then came the real crisis as they ran out of  ammunition.
Having assessed the situation the battle commander ordered the troops to withdraw. But it was not safe to withdraw as they were being targeted by the enemy troops without any break. In this situation Naik Chain Singh took over a light machine gun to give covering fire to the withdrawing troops. At this juncture a burst of the enemy machine gun injured him grievously. But he kept on manning the gun to enable his men to withdraw safely. However he could not continue long as another burst from the enemy gun hit him in the head killing him instantaneously. Naik Chain Singh was martyred but saved the lives of his comrades in a rare example of self sacrifice and conspicuous courage.
Naik Chain Singh was awarded the second highest gallantry award of the nation, “Maha Vir Chakra” for his bravery, indomitable spirit and supreme sacrifice.

The citation of Maha Vir Chakra awarded to him reads:-

Naik Chain Singh was in a platoon position at Tsengjong in NEFA in October 1962. Approximately 500 Chinese concentrated in the vicinity of this post and started shelling it with guns and mortars. Although greatly outnumbered and with a limited quantity of ammunition, Naik Chain Singh and his men inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy. The Chinese then launched a more determined assault on this post from all sides; but Naik Chain Singh and his men held on and inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy. When he had nearly run out of ammunition, he was ordered to withdraw his section. Ordering his rifle group to withdraw, he took over the light machine gun to give covering fire to the rest of his section but was hit by a burst of enemy machine gun fire. Although seriously wounded, he kept on manning the light machine gun to facilitate the withdrawal of his section. He was again hit by an enemy machine gun burst in the head and killed on the spot. It was due to the exceptional courage and leadership of Naik Chain Singh that his section could inflict heavy casualties on the attacking Chinese troops and withdraw. His supreme sacrifice was in the best traditions of Indian Army.

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  • Shruthi Rana

    2017 at 12:06 pm Reply

    My salute to you for the selfless service to the nation..Jai Hind…!

  • Dr Manjunath

    2020 at 9:38 pm Reply

    This brave son of Bharath Matha who sacrificed his life in the battle of tsangle which was the result of So called ‘positional warfare’ strategy of the then core Commander on 10th October 1962 is one more example of the fidelity towards nation, commitment to serve under extreme conditions and the bravery inherent to an Indian soldier.

  • Priyanshi Sharma

    2022 at 3:05 am Reply

    It was due to the exceptional courage and leadership of this supreme hero, and the likes of him, that the North-Eastern part of India can breathe today with a sense of pride and courage.

  • Sam Francis Alapatt

    2022 at 6:12 pm Reply

    Thank you for your self sacrifice and conspicuous courage , I am moved by your persevering determination , commitment towards nation and even words cant describe it , your deeds will never be forgotten and finally I salute all martyrs who sacrificed their lives to protect all of us .

    Jai Hind!

    Sam Francis Alapatt, 10D

    New Horizon Gurukul

  • KS

    2022 at 10:47 pm Reply

    The bravery it would take to sacrifice one’s life to save his comrades is truly immeasurable , Naik Chain Singh should be a synonym for courage.

  • Arun Gooalakrishnan Nair

    2022 at 9:48 pm Reply

    Rest is peace brave brave comrade. The kingdom of God is yours

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