Lieutenant Triveni Singh, Ashok Chakra, is such one martyred who has become immortal with his act of courage that saved hundreds of helpless passengers at the Jammu railway station on January 02, 2004. Singh bravely fought and killed two heavily armed militants before he succumbed to his injuries.
Jammu based defense spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said, “The Army and the entire nation pays its tribute to the martyr, adding that such was the zeal of the officer that despite being seriously injured he saluted his General Officer Commanding Maj. General Rajendra Singh and said his last words, “Mission accomplished sir”.
February 1, 1978 born Triveni Singh hailed from Pathankot, Punjab. He was the only son and was well trained in martial arts, judo-karate and body-building. Triveni won gold medals at the national level in martial arts, in swimming and athletics.
After graduation, he went to the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun and was commissioned in the Army on December 08, 2001 joining the elite unit of 5 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry.
In 2003, the night of December 31st, Lt Triveni danced and enjoyed the party with friends and family at the Army club and left late at night on New Year saying “you will not see us again”.
On January 2, 2004 Lt Singh, while watching a TV news bulletin got to know about the fidayeen attack on the Jammu railway station. Singh rushed with five commandos to counter militants at the station when ordered. He killed the first and followed the other who was firing from the overhead Rail Bridge.
Singh was aware of the lethal weapons the militant had and the danger to over 300 passengers taking refuge in nearby cabin and his deputy Havaldar Fazal Hussain was at target too. Lt Triveni in a hand-to hand action with the militant managed to kill the third terrorist but a quick shot of fire fatally injured him too.
Lt. Triveni Singh was posthumously awarded the Ashok Chakra, the highest peacetime gallantry award of the country for displaying conspicuous gallantry, utmost courage and for making the supreme sacrifice in the highest tradition of the Army to save human lives. It was presented to Singh’s father, Captain Janmej Singh (Retd.) on 2007 Republic Day parade by then President APJ Abdul Kalam.
Lt Triveni was indeed a hero and heroes become immortal after martyrdom.