Naik Jadunath Singh, who enrolled in 1st Battalion, Rajput in November 1941, was awarded the Param Vir Chakra posthumously for a tremendous display of valour during operations in Jammu and Kashmir in 1948.
Jadu Nath Singh was born on 21 November 1916 in a remote village of district Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh. He did not have the benefit of a good education since his was a poor farmers’ family, but he was a champion wrestler and grew up showing a very strong character.
Singh joined the Rajput Regiment in November 1941. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion after training and even took part in World War 2.
Naik Jadu Nath Singh was martyred on this day in 1948. On his death anniversary, we recall the gallantry he displayed while warding off Pakistani raiders in Jammu and Kashmir.
Battle Of Taindhar
Pakistani raiders had captured Jhangar in December 1947 as part of the plan to launch an attack on Naushera. The Indian Army knew that an attack was imminent and its men began patrolling possible approaches and manning forward posts in January 1948. The enemy attack came on a foggy morning on 6 February in the form of firing from pickets in the Taindhar range. By that time, hundreds of raiders had closed in on Indian positions under the cover of darkness.
Commanding one of the forward posts in the Taindhar area was Naik Jadunath Singh. His post faced successive waves of ferocious attacks from the enemy but he used his small force so effectively that he managed to quell the first assault. Four of his men were wounded but Singh managed to reorganise his men for another attack. All the personnel manning the post, including Naik Jadunath Singh himself, were wounded in the second attack.
Bravery Till The End
The citation for his Param Vir Chakra says, “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 valour of the highest order in action.”
When the third enemy attack came, Singh charged at them with his stern gun firing. The citation reads, “His fire was so devastating, that what looked like impending defeat was turned into a victory and the enemy retreated in chaos leaving the dead and wounded littered on the ground.”
This third attack, however, proved fatal for Lance Naik Jadunath Singh who had been hit by bullets in his head and chest.