Naib Subedar Bana Singh

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Naib Subedar Bana Singh

Naib Subedar Bana Singh (currently: Captain Bana Singh) is a retired Indian soldier, a recipient of the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest military decoration for gallantry on the battlefield. In his honour, India named the post captured by his team as ‘Bana Post’.

Bana Singh was born on January 6, 1949. He was born in a Sikh family of Kadyal village in Jammu division of Jammu and Kashmir. His family background was of farming.

He was commissioned into the 8th Battalion of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry of the Indian Army on January 6, 1969. He was awarded the Param Vir Chakra for his extraordinary bravery and leadership during the Siachen conflict between India and Pakistan in 1987. The name of this Siachen operation of the Indian Army was Operation Rajiv. During this operation, Bana Singh and his team captured the Quaid post of Pakistan. This post was very important for India. The name of this post was later changed to ‘Bana Post’ in honor of Bana Singh. Bana Singh was awarded the Param Vir Chakra for his leadership abilities and extraordinary bravery in this campaign.

Official Commendation: “Naib Subedar Bana Singh volunteered to be a member of a task force formed to prevent infiltration by an adversary into the Siachen Glacier area at an altitude of 21,000 feet in June, 1987. This post was virtually an impenetrable glacier fort with ice walls 1,500 feet high on both sides. Naib Subedar Bana Singh led his soldiers through a very difficult and dangerous path. He inspired them with his indomitable courage and leadership. The brave Naib Subedar and his men crawled closer to the enemy. Moving from trench to trench, throwing hand grenades and attacking with bayonets, they cleared the post of all intruders. Naib Subedar Bana Singh displayed most conspicuous gallantry and leadership under the most adverse circumstances.”

Paramveer Chakra: 21 Paramveers who became immortal in the pages of history

Name Rank Date
Somnath Sharma Major 3 Nov 1947
Jadunath Singh Naik 6 Feb 1948
Rama Raghoba Rane Second Lieutenant 8 Apr 1948
Piru Singh Company Havildar Major 17 Jul 1948
Karam Singh Lance Naik 13 Oct 1948
Gurbachan Singh Salaria Captain 5 Dec 1961
Dhan Singh Thapa Major 20 Oct 1962
Joginder Singh Subedar 23 Oct 1962
Shaitan Singh Major 18 Nov 1962
Abdul Hamid Company Quarter Master Havildar 10 Sep 1965
Ardeshir Tarapore Lieutenant Colonel 11 Sep 1965
Albert Ekka Lance Naik 3 Dec 1971
Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon Flying Officer 14 Dec 1971
Arun Khetarpal Second Lieutenant 16 Dec 1971
Hoshiar Singh Dahiya Major 17 Dec 1971
Bana Singh Naib Subedar 23 May 1987
Ramaswamy Parameshwaran Major 25 Nov 1987
Manoj Kumar Pandey Lieutenant 3 Jul 1999
Yogendra Singh Yadav Grenadier 4 Jul 1999
Sanjay Kumar Rifleman 5 Jul 1999
Vikram Batra Captain 7 Jul 1999

Tribute to 21 immortal martyrs from a grateful nation!

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