A 1971 India-Pakistan war hero and Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) awardee, Hony Capt Mohinder Singh (retd), 73, died in Patiala on Monday after a prolonged illness. His mortal remains were consigned to the flames on Tuesday. He is survived by wife Gurmit Kaur and sons Mittarpal Singh and Charanjit Singh.
He was born on January 3, 1939, at Sham Nagar village in Amritsar. He was enrolled in 1950 in the 18th Battalion of the Punjab Regiment of Infantry. He was awarded the MVC for his act of valour in the Kargil sector on December 7, 1971.
After retirement from the army, Mohinder Singh settled in Patiala, where he worked with Punjabi University as a security officer.
Condolence messages from the President, The War Decorated India, Brig Narinder Singh Sandhu (retd), Brig Amarjit Singh Brar (retd), Brig Kuldip Singh Chandpuri (retd) and Capt Reet MP Singh (retd) were conveyed to the family.
At the cremation ceremony, the 18th Battalion of the Punjab Regiment sent a contingent under its Subedar Major in full military regalia.
War citation (Op Cactus Lily)
Subedar Mohinder Singh was commanding a platoon of a battalion of the Punjab Regiment in an attack on a well-fortified enemy post supported by medium machine guns in the Kargil sector. The attack was held up by enemy medium machine guns that were effectively bringing down a heavy volume of fire.
He exhorted and inspired his men by personal example to maintain the momentum of the attack. With utter disregard for his safety, he charged forward, destroyed one of the medium machine gun bunkers and inflicted casualties on the enemy in close combat.
His example and gallantry so inspired his men as to ensure success of the attack. Throughout, Subedar Mohinder Singh displayed conspicuous gallantry and leadership.