Sant Singh

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Brigadier

Sant Singh

MVC Bar
Brig Sant Singh.jpg
Born12 July 1921 [1]
Panjgrain Kalan, Faridkot, Punjab [1]
Died9 December 2015 [2]
Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar [2]
Allegiance India
Service/branchIndian Army
Years of service16 February 1947 - 1973
RankBrigadier
UnitSikh Light Infantry
Battles/wars
AwardsMaha Vir Chakra

Brig Sant Singh was an officer in the Indian Army. He was one of the six officers of the Indian Army to have been decorated with the Maha Vir Chakra, India's second highest war time military decoration, twice. He was one of the Indian officers involved in training the Mukti Bahini, during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.[2]

Early life[edit]

Sant Singh was born on 12 July 1921 in Panjgrain Kalan in Faridkot, Punjab. He studied in Brijendra High School, Faridkot and RSD College, Ferozpur. He was commissioned into the Sikh Light Infantry on 16 February 1947. He has a daughter Satinder Kaur married to Brigadier (Retired) Sarabjeet Randhawa.[2][1]

Military career[edit]

He took over as the commander of the Sikh Light Infantry in 1964. He led the regiment to victory in the Battle of OP Hill in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. He remained as the commander of the regiment till 1968. He was also instrumental in training the guerrilla forces of the Mukti Bahini and his brigade marched into Dhaka, after catching the Pakistani forces off guard, and thereby forcing the enemy to surrender. He retired in 1973.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mahavir Chakra Awardees". Indian Army. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "War hero Brig Sant Singh, MVC and Bar recipient, dies at 95". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Brig Sant Singh's remains cremated with service honours". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2017.