Sikh Personalities

Naib Subedar Bana Singh

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Sardar Bana Singh

Naib Subedar Bana Singh of 8th Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry showed an exemplery courage at Siachen Glacier the highest battlefield in the world. He was born on 6th January 1949 at Kadyal, Jammu and Kashmir. At Siachen armies of India and Pakistan have been fighting each other since early 1980's.

CITATION on the highest medal of India for bravery reads that During June 1987, the 8th Jammu & Kashmir LI, was deployed in the Siachen area. It was then found that a large number of Pakistani infiltrators had intruded in the Siachen Glacier. The ejection of these infiltrators was considered difficult but necessary and a special task force was, constituted for the purpose. Naib Subedar Singh volunteered to join this force. The Pakistani intrusion had taken place at a height of 6500 metres. The enemy post was virtually an impregnable glacier fortress with ice walls, 457 metres high, on either side. Naib Subedar Bana Singh led his men through an extremely difficult and hazardous route. He inspired them by his courage and leadership. He and his men crawled and closed in on the adversary. Lobbing hand-grenades, charging with a bayonet and moving from trench to trench, he cleared the post of all intruders. Naib Subedar Bana Singh was awarded the Param Vir Chakra, the highest wartime gallantry medal, for conspicuous bravery and leadership under most adverse conditions.

Taken from A website about Indian military forces