Shaheed Lieutenant Triveni Singh

Martyrs names are etched on the pages of history in golden letters. Lieutenant Triveni Singh is one such martyr who, without caring for his personal safety and security, challenged and killed two heavily armed militants and saved hundreds of helpless passengers at Jammu Railway station on 2 January 2004. Before attaining martyrdom Lt. Triveni Singh saluted his GOC, Maj Gen Rajendra Singh, in a true Army tradition and uttered: “Mission accomplished, sir”.

Shaheed Lieutenant Triveni Singh

Lieutenant Triveni Singh awarded India's highest peacetime award Ashok Chakra posthumously for displaying most conspicuous bravery and utmost courage. President, Dr APJ Kalam presented the award to his father, Capt Janmej Singh (Retd) on Republic Day.

"I am proud of our young officer Lt. Triveni Singh, who braved firing and grenade bursts to kill both the suicide group terrorists in the shortest-ever operation at the railway station" - Maj Gen Rajendra Singh

Lieutenant Triveni Singh was Born on February 1, 1978 at Namkun in Bihar, Triveni Singh was not an aggressive child as he never used to react to provocations. Young Triveni took a liking for martial arts and body-building. He won a gold medal at the national level competition in martial arts. lt. Triveni singh also won gold medals in swimming and athletics. Despite being an agriculture graduate from Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, he desired to join Army. He cleared CDS and SSB examinations with high rankings and went to IMA, Dehra Dun for training.

Lt Triveni was commissioned in the Army on December 8, 2001 and joined the elite unit of 5 JAK LI, which is one of the most decorated units of the Indian Army. His hard work and dedication to duty bore results. He was sent to College of Combat, Mhow for Young Officers Basic Course and Commando Course. Here too he came out with flying colours.

Lieutenant Triveni Singh was destined to be a martyr. On the night of 31 December 2003, he danced and enjoyed the party at Army Club, Pathankot , Himachal to the full with some of his family members and friends. Next dawn, he left the club saying “you will not see us again”. On January 1, he left home for his unit and got himself inducted as part of Quick Reaction Team.

On Jaunary 2, Lieutenant Triveni Singh came to know about the Terror attack on the Jammu railway station. Col SK Varma, Commanding Officer, 5 JAK LI, on receiving orders from the GOC of the area, directed Lieutenant Triveni Singh to fight back the attack. Lieutenant Triveni Singh lost no time and along with five commandos he rushed towards the Jammu railway station and positioned his men for the charge. Lt. Triveni killed the first militant in a sharp shoot and followed the other who had taken shelter under the overhead rail bridge stairs. Lt Triveni singh was aware that the hiding militant, who was equipped with hand grenades, could harm over 300 passengers who had taken refuge in the parcel room, just a stone's throw away from him. At that moment, the militant targetted Lt Triveni's deputy Hav Fazal Hussain. Lieutenant Triveni Singh grabbed the Terrorist and killed him too. He got fatally injured. Later, he succumbed to his injuries.

Today all youngsters at Pathankot are desirous of joining the Indian Armed Forces to serve the nation. They do not hide their pride when they speak of Lieutenant Triveni Singh. Lt Triveni was to get married on 10 March 2004 , but he was destined to tie the knot with martyrdom. Today his name finds a fond resonance in the hearts of his countrymen.

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