Havaldar Gajendra Singh Bisht (36) was an NSG commando who died being part of Operation Black Tornado in 2008 during the Mumbai attacks. He was truly acknowledged as the unsung hero and was honoured with the Ashoka Chakra award on 26th January 2009, for his brave actions.
Havaldar Singh hailed from a small village Ganeshpur in Uttarakhand. He also joined Garhwal Rifles In 1991 which was later followed by opting to be a part of the 10 Para SF (Special Force) before becoming an NSG Commando.
His brother, Birendra Singh Bisht who is an official in the Uttarakhand Police said, “He had always wanted to be in the forces and had always wanted to die like a hero. And that is precisely what happened.”
Havaldar Gajendra was residing in Delhi when he had to leave for this Mumbai Operation. On the night of November 26th, Singh received an emergency call about an alert and left immediately saying he would be back in a while. Ganjendra carried his bare essentials only to have his family informed hours later that he has been sent to Mumbai then and there.
Operation Black Tornado
Singh was part of the National Security Guard’s 51 Special Action Group and the unit of NSG Commandos who were sent to take on the terrorists inside Nariman House. The terrorists were holding a minimum of six hostages in the building and the units of commandos were fast-roped on the roof to neutralize them.
The team led by Singh got involved into the intense cross firing with the terrorists, as per Jyoti Krishna Dutt, Director General of the NSG. Instead of retreating with his commandos, Singh decided to continue moving ahead even when they were started to get hurled with grenades.
The continuous shots of bullets did not stop him from giving cover to his fellow militants to move forward but he ultimately succumbed to his multiple injuries. However, his act of bravery did manage to provide an upper hand to his team during the encounter.
Terrorists Were Getting Live Feed Of The Operation.
“TV broadcast our commandos landing from a helicopter on the roof over Nariman House. By the time our men landed and started taking positions, the terrorists were already waiting for them and opened fire,”
NSG displeased with the live broadcast of the Operation during 60 hour-hour seize now wants restrictions on media coverage during such sensitive missions as it can jeopardize their position.