BE PUBLISHED / BROADCAST BEFORE AUGUST 15, 2010
President has awarded Ashoka Chakra to (Late)
Major Laishram Jyotin Singh (posthumous) and two Kirti Chakras (Posthumous) to
Capt Davinder Singh Jass and Shri Vinod Kumar Choubey, Superintendent of
Police, Chhattisgarh on the eve of Independence Day.
MAJOR LAISHRAM JYOTIN SINGH
MEDICAL CORPS / EMBASSY OF INDIA, KABUL (POSTHUMOUS)
Maj Laishram Jyotin Singh was born on 14 May 1972 and was schooled in Manipur.
He was a meritorious student of Manipur Public School and he chose a career in
medicine. He graduated from Regional Institute of Medical science at Imphal in
the year 1996. After a stint of medical residency, he acquired Post Graduate
Diploma in Sports Medicine from the reputed Netaji Subhas National Institute of
Sports, Patiala in the year 2001.
was commissioned in the Army Medical Corps on 15 Feb 2003 as a Short Service
Commissioned Officer and was granted Permanent Commission on April 26, 2007. He
had served as a medical officer in a High Altitude location under Project
Vartak and in a Military Hospital in counterinsurgency operations Area for a
combined period of over six years in his short but illustrious military
service. The officer was selected on merit for deputation to Indian Medical
Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan where he was stationed since February 13, 2010.
Being a single, he is survived by his parents who live in his native place
Nambol Awang Leikai, Bishnupur, Manipur.
At 0630 hrs of February 26, 2010, a guarded residential compound of
Indian Embassy in Kabul, housing six army medical officers, four paramedics and
two other Army officers of the English Language Training Team (ELTT) were
suddenly attacked by heavily armed and determined terrorist suicide bombers. A
terrorist, after detonating a Suicidal Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive
Device (SVBIED) resulting in the death of three security guards, entered the
compound to kill any survivors. The terrorist proceed to fire burst of
Kalshnikov rounds into the individual rooms and started throwing hand grenades.
In the melee, five unarmed officers took shelter in one of the rooms which was
subjected to grenade attack and the fire on its roof spread consequently to the
bathroom where another group of five officers were sheltered. On hearing shouts
of the five officers, Maj Laishram Jytoin Singh crawled out from under the
debris of his room. Maj Laishram Jyotin Singh charged with bare hands at the
armed terrorist and pinned him down to ensure that the terrorists could no
longer lob more grenades or direct fire at the officers cornered in a burning
room. He continued to grapple with armed terrorist and did not let him go till
the terrorist panicked and detonated his suicide vest, resulting in the
instantaneous death of the terrorist and martyrdom of Maj Laishram Jyotin
Singh. Maj Laishram Jyotin Singh gave up his life for the sake of five of his
colleagues, one of whom unfortunately was still charred to death, and another
succumbed to his injuries five days later. His sacrifice, in addition, also
saved the lives of two officers, and four paramedics and two Afghan civilians
still alive within the compound.
For his act of exemplary courage, grit, selflessness and valour in the
face of a terrorist attack, resulting in his sacrifice and saving 10 of his
colleagues, Major Laishram Jyotin Singh is recommended for the award of Ashok
CAPT DAVINDER SINGH JASS
IC-70151W Capt Davinder Singh
Jass was commissioned into Corps of Signals on December 10, 2007. Despite
having an MBA and a B Tech degree to his credit, this young man volunteered for
service in the Armed Forces. His zeal and enthusiasm to serve with the best,
motivated him to volunteer for the special Forces. Capt Davinder Singh Jass
successfully cleared his probation on April 11, 2009 with a splendid display of
motivation and determination. He was an excellent leader for his troops in operations
and an asset to the unit in all the operations undertaken.
On February 23, 2010, after
receiving information about the presence of terrorists in Chinkipur, a heavily
congested built up area, Captain Davinder Singh Jass after carrying out
meticulous planning, moved to the areas. While closing into the target area his
leading squad came under heavy indiscriminate terrorist fire from multiple
directions, injuring some members of his squad. With utter disregard to his
personal safety he successfully evacuated one of his injured men to safety.
Thereafter the officer crawled forward again to evacuate the second man but was
grievously injured. Inspite of his injuries he pulled out the second man to
safety. Subsequently, unmindful of the injuries, he continued engaging the
terrorists and closed in to one of the hiding terrorist. In a daring encounter
he killed one foreign terrorist in a fierce hand to hand combat. He later
succumbed to his injuries fighting for his motherland in the finest traditions
of Indian Army.
SHRI VINOD KUMAR CHOUBEY, SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE,
RAJNANDGAON, CHATTISGARH (POSTHUMOUS)
On July 12, 2009 at 0700 hrs, Shri
Vinod Kumar Choubey, Superintendent of Police, Rajnandgaon received a message
that naxalites have attacked Madanwara outpost of PS Manpur, District
Rajnandangaon and killed two policemen. Sensing the serious consequences of the
incident, Shri Choubey, SP, and the IGP rushed to the spot from their
respective Headquarters. En-route, Shri Choubey’s carcade was ambushed by the
naxalites near police station Manpur. However, he kept moving and instructed
the ASI at PS Manpur to come in a mine proof vehicle (MPV) with additional
force. The naxalites had laid fresh road blocks on the road. Shri Choubey
cleared the blocs and bravely reached the site where a fierce fighting was
going on between the police and naxalites. The MPV of police was attacked with
bullets and bombs. The men in MPV were in a perilous capture and death
situation but were fighting. The IGP’s party and SP’s party kept attacking the
naxalites. Timely intervention saved the trapped policemen in a fierce battle.
A transport bus of civilians which had entered amidst the ambush was also
rescued to safety.
About 300 naxalites came from the
forest firing fiercely. Many climbed up the trees and threw grenades
incessantly at the police party. Police was caught in a precarious situation
and were exposed in the open without any cover. They were being fired at from
all directions. However, the police party led by Shri Choubey retained their
nerves and despite the naxalites’ numerical and topographical advantage,
courageously took on the attack and retaliated formidably while making
concerted efforts to save the life of their men in grave situation with the
reinforcement not in sight.
In this adverse situation, Shri
Choubey leading from the front as leader of the party decided to make a dent in
the naxal attack, and moved from his position and sprang towards the naxalites
in the trenches 10 meters away and fired at them. This bold and unexpected
counter attack caused a flutter of panic amongst the naxalites and forced them
to retreat behind the large rocks. Thus emboldened policemen opened fire and
continued the attack. A fierce uneven battle ensued. Shri Choubey fought
heroically with iron determination and raw grit. In the continued firing, he
was grievously hurt, but continued to fire and ultimately made the supreme
sacrifice of his life at the altar of duty. He displayed an exceptional quality
of leadership and bravery worth emulating where an officer rose to the occasion
and laid down his life saving his men from deadly attack of the naxalites. For
this exemplary and gallant act he was awarded Kirti Chakra, posthumously.