The Man Who Threw His Life Away To Save Naushera

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Naik Jadunath Singh was an Indian Army soldier who was posthumously awarded India’s highest military decoration for his valor in an engagement during the Indo-Pak war of 1947 i.e., Param Vir Chakra. He was the true hero of India and is always remembered.

Naik Jadunath Singh

Naik Jadunath Singh’s Early Life:

A Rathore Rajput Naik Jadunath Singh took birth in the Indian state Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur on November 21, 1916, into the family of Birbal Singh Rathore. His father was a farmer and mother Jamuna Kanwar was a house maker. He grew up with his seven siblings among them he was the third child of his parents.

Jadunath Singh started working on his family farm at an early age after passing out the school only studied fourth standard. His father couldn’t afford his study, so he had to drop out from the school. Later, he developed an interest in wrestling and eventually became wrestling champion of his village. In his village, he was nicknamed ‘Hanuman Bhagat Bal Brahmachari’ and hence he never married.

Naik Jadunath Singh’s Military Career:

Param Vir Chakra awardee

Singh was 25 years old when he was enrolled in 1 Rajput Regiment in 1941. He was a vegetarian, he was a survivor, though his senior in the army encouraged him to eat meat because he was a wrestler but he never ate. During the operation of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan captured Jhangar in December 1947. It kept them in a beneficial position in the Naushahra (Naushera) sector. Since he was in complete command of communication lines from Mirpur to Poonch, now he can make his power to attack Naushahra.

The Indian Army to prevent the enemy building up in the area in January 1948, acquired Kot village to the northwest of Naushera.

Brigadier Usman of 50 Para Brigade had prepared enough to fail the attack by establishing a strong picket on potential enemy approaches. One of these approaches was through Tain Dhar in the north of Naushera.

The expected enemy attacked in the dusty morning on February 6, 1948, at 0640 hours. The enemy started an attack by firing the Indian patrol from its picket on Tain Dhar ridge. Along with this, the whole earth and the surrounding hills echoed with machine crashes of machine guns and mortar fire crunches.

Naik Jadunath Singh

Meanwhile, in the cover of darkness, the enemy reached the Indian pickets. In the first light of the morning, Indians saw thousands of hostile people. On the important day of February 6, the protagonist Jadunath Singh took over the command of the post in front of Phase 2 № 2 in Tain Dhar. Nine men surrounded the post.

In the continuous attack of the enemy, Naik Jadunath Singh’s leadership shown a great advancement and retreated the enemy in utter confusion. Though, the four men of his team got wounded that made him meeting another onslaught. Jadunath Singh also got wounded but not his courage. He took over the Bren gun from the wounded Bren gun operator.

However, till then the enemy reached on the walls of the post. The leader Naik Jadunath Singh continuing fighting and encouraging his men to fight. Thus, the post was saved a second with heavy casualties of the team. With the determination of capturing the post, the enemy put in his final attack. In the attack, Naik Jadunath Singh rose to give a battle for the third time and got injured. He came out of Sangar [Temporary Fortified Status] and used to fire his sten gun while accusing him of moving forward. Surprised fled into enemy disorder. He met with the death of a heroism, in this third and final charge, when two enemy bullets pierced him in the head and chest.

By sacrificing his life, he saved his picket from being overrun by the enemy. For his valor, Singh awarded Param Vir Chakra.

CITATION:

Naik Jadunath Singh

At No 2 picquet [picket] on Taindhar on 6 February 1948, №27373 Naik Jadunath Singh was in command of a forward section post, which bore the full brunt of the enemy attack. Nine men against overwhelming odds garrisoned the little post. The enemy launched its attack in successive waves and with great ferocity to overcome this post. The first wave swept up to the post in a furious attack. Displaying great valor and superb qualities of leadership Naik Jadunath Singh so used the small force at his disposal that the enemy retired in utter confusion.

Four of his men were wounded but Naik Jadunath Singh again showed his qualities of good leadership by reorganizing the battered force under him, for meeting another onslaught. His coolness and courage were of such an order that the men rallied and were ready for the second attack which came with greater determination and in larger number than the preceding one. Though hopelessly outnumbered, this post under the gallant leadership of Naik Jadunath Singh resisted. All were wounded, and Naik Jadunath Singh, though wounded in the right arm, personally took over the Bren gun from the wounded Bren gunner.

The enemy was right on the walls of the post but Naik Jadunath Singh once again showed outstanding ability and valor of the highest order in action. By his complete disregard for his personal safety and example of coolness and courage, he encouraged his men to fight. His fire was so devastating, that what looked like impending defeat was turned into a victory and the enemy retreated into chaos leaving the dead and wounded littered on the ground. With this act of supreme heroism and an outstanding example of leadership and determination, Naik Jadunath Singh saved the post from the second assault.
By this time, all men in the post were casualties. The enemy put in his third and final attack on undiminished numbers and determination to capture this post. Naik Jadunath Singh, now wounded, prepared literally single-handed to give battle for the third time. With great courage and determination, he came out of the sangar and finally with the Sten gun, made a most magnificent single-handed charge on the advancing enemy, who, completely taken by surprise, fled in disorder.

Naik Jadunath Singh, however, met his gallant death in his third and last charge when two bullets hit him in the head and chest. Thus, charging single-handedly at the advancing enemy, this Non-Commissioned Officer, performed the highest act of gallantry and self-sacrifice and by so doing saved his section — nay, his whole picquet — from being overrun by the enemy at the most critical stage in the battle for the defence of Nushera.

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