Service No : 2887841K

Date of Birth : June 15, 1978

Place of birth : Rohtak Dist (Haryana)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Rifleman

Unit : 2 Raj Rif

Arm/Regt : The Rajputana Rifles

Operation : Op Vijay ( Kargil )

Martyrdom : June 13, 1999

Rifleman Jasvir Singh

Rifleman Jasvir Singh hailed from Sisar Khas village in Maham tehsil of Rohtak district in Haryana and was born on 15 June 1978. Son of Shri Surajmal Rathore, Rfn Jasvir Singh got selected for the Indian Army after completing his initial education. He was recruited into 2 Raj Rif battalion of the Rajputana Rifles Regiment, an infantry Regiment known for its brave soldiers and numerous battle honours. After serving for some time, he got married to Ms Sunita Devi hailing from Haryana. By 1999, he had served with his unit in various operational areas with challenging working conditions.


Battle of Tololing (Kargil War): June 1999


Shortly after the signing of the Lahore declaration in 1999, the Pakistan Army surreptitiously occupied the winter vacated posts of the Indian Army. On 03 May 1999, these intrusions were detected and on 26 May 1999, the first air-to-ground strike was launched by the Indian Airforce (IAF), followed by Operation Vijay, by the Indian Army to evict the intruders from the Indian areas. The army quickly mobilized its forces to drive out the Pakistani infiltrators from Indian territory. Rfn Jasvir Singh's 2 Raj Rif battalion, under the command of Lt Col MB Ravindranath, which was part of 81 Mountain Brigade in the Lolab valley was inducted into the Drass area on 04 June 1999. The battalion was functioning under the command of 56 Mtn Bde, with overall operational control being exercised by 8 Mtn Div under Maj Gen Mohinder Puri. The Tololing Heights was the deepest penetration beyond the LC by the Pakistani intruders. Tololing and another feature named Point 4590 were among the vital peaks for India, as they overlooked the Drass sector and a large section of the National Highway.  The task of capturing the Tololing feature was assigned to 56 Mtn Bde. The Tololing feature comprised Pt 4590, Tololing Top, South East Spur, South Spur, and Hump to its north. Pt 4590 and Tololing Top dominated all the approaches leading to it. As per the plan of attack of 56 Mtn Bde, 2 Raj Rif was tasked to capture the Tololing top by 0600 Hr on 13 June 1999. 18 Garh Rif battalion was to capture Pt 5140 by 0700 hrs on 13 June. Two companies of 18 Grenadiers were to provide a firm base and the balance of the battalion was to act as reserve to 2 Raj Rif.  


During the Kargil War, Rfn Jasvir Singh was part of the 'Charlie' Company of the 2 Rajputana Rifles Battalion. On the intervening night of 12th/13th June 1999, his company launched an attack on Tololing Hill in the Dras sector of Jammu and Kashmir. This hill was heavily fortified with enemy bunkers and equipped with heavy artillery and automatic weapons. When the battalion launched the attack on 12 June 1999 at 2030 hrs, Rfn Jasvir Singh's team was led by Major Vivek Gupta. Despite heavy artillery and automatic fire, Rfn Jasvir Singh and his comrades were able to close in with the enemy. The Company came under heavy fire from all sides as soon as they emerged into the open. After three soldiers of the Company's leading section were hit, the attack was temporarily stalled. Knowing that staying in the open, amidst intense enemy fire would result in further casualties, the troops led by Major Gupta charged onto the hostile position. However, during the heavy exchange of fire, Rfn Jasvir Singh got severely injured. He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Besides Rfn Jasvir Singh one officer, two JCOs (Junior Commissioned Officers), and five other soldiers of 2 Raj Rif were martyred during the operation. The other martyred brave hearts included their leader Major Vivek Gupta, Sub Bhanwar Lal, Sub Sumer Singh Rathore, CHM Yashvir Singh Tomar, Hav Sultan Singh Narwaria, Nk Surendra Singh, Nk Chaman Singh, and Rfn Bachan Singh. Rfn Jasvir Singh was a valiant soldier, who displayed commendable courage during the operation and laid down his life at the age of 21 years in the service of the nation.


Rfn Jasvir Singh is survived by his wife Smt Sunita Devi.

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