Check out Major Shaitan Singh biography, birthday, family, wiki and some lesser known facts about his display of immense bravery during Indo-China war (1962)
- Name- Major Shaitan Singh
- Known for- Recipient of Param Vir Chakra (Posthumously Awarded)
- Contribution- Fought bravely in Battle of Rezang La during Indo-China war of 1962
- Unit- 13 Kumaon
- Rank- Major
- Important dates
- Birth- 1st December, 1924
- Death- 18th November, 1962
- Important places
- Place of Birth- Jodhpur, Rajasthan
- Place of Death- Rezang La, Jammu & Kashmir
- Education- NA
- Father- Lt. Colonel Hem Singh Bhati
- Mother- NA
- Wife- Mrs. Shagun Kanwar
- Children- NA
Lesser known facts
- Major Shaitan Singh was leading the “Ahir” company of 13th Kumaon battalion which was stationed in the treacherous terrain of Chushul Valley in Ladakh. Rezang La was a mountain pass which was very crucial to be safeguarded to prevent any infiltration from the Chinese side.
- Chushul valley had an airstrip which was crucial for continued Indian Air Force operations in the area and keeping Ladakh region safe.
- The mountain pass which is at the height of approximately 5000 meters was guarded by 3 platoons having a total of 123 Indian Army Jawans.
- The company didn’t have the support of Indian Artillery as well due to a mountain crest intervening.
- When Chinese army attacked the company’s position in early morning, the soldiers fought bravely and repulsed the attacks twice killings numerous enemy soldiers. Major Shaitan Singh kept fighting and moved from one platoon to another keeping soldiers motivated without caring for his own safety.
- But, Chinese army kept sending human wave attacks without caring for the number of lives lost. Ultimately, the platoons ran out of ammunition and they moved out fighting hand to hand combats bayoneting enemy soldiers who came close. 114 out of 123 soldiers lost their live in the offensive.
- Major Shaitan Singh himself got mortally wounded and instructed the soldiers carrying him to save their own lives first. Major Singh’s body was found in 1963 at the same place in a frozen state. It was later airlifted to Jodhpur and cremated with military honors.
- A statue of this brave soldier has been placed at a square in his native city of Jodhpur.
- Along with the Param Vir Chakra, the company also received 5 Vir Chakras and 4 Sena Medals awarded to Major’s fellow army men.
- His native village was renamed to Shaitan singh nagar in his honor.