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We always try to bring stories of people of the Indian Army who have inspired thousands of civilians and soldiers and made the nation proud. The hidden stories of Indian soldiers show the ultimate form of courage and daring while fighting for their country. And in today’s articles, we will share an extraordinary story of Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat- a soldier who killed 300 Chinese enemies alone. The introduction is just a trailer for this daredevil hero of India.
Who was Jaswant Singh?
Jaswant Singh was born on 19th August 1941 in a small village Baryun, Pauri Garhwal, in Uttarakhand. His father, Mr Guman Singh and mother, Leela Devi, had four sons; Jaswant was the eldest. Being the eldest son in his family, he joined the Indian Army to support his family at the age of 17 only. In the first two attempts, Jaswant was unable to get selection because of his low age. But his determination made him clear the selection the third time.
Jaswant Singh- A Man Who Killed 300 Chinese Alone
Rifleman Jaswant Singh joined the army, where he was associated with the 4th Garhwal Rifles regiment. After completing his training in September 1961, Jaswant Singh got his posting in Arunachal Pradesh.
The time turned opposite for Jaswant when the Chinese army executed an attack on Arunachal Pradesh to occupy it. Being unaware of such intentions, India was unprepared for such an adverse situation and had no alternate strategy for dealing with the Chinese army. Moreover, the Indian army didn’t have enough ammunition to fight them.
And to deal with the situation, the administration sent the 4th Garhwal Rifles to the rescue. There were many massive counters between the two, and later on, the Chinese army got dominant over the Indian army. The administration recalled the battalion of the Garhwal unit, and everyone came back except for Rifleman Jaswant Singh, Lance Naik Triloki Singh Negi and Gopal Gosain.
The three fearless soldiers aimed to release the machine guns from the rival army’s bunkers. By covering each other, the three soldiers managed to reach the Chinese army bunker and threw hand grenades at bunkers 15 yards away. They killed as many soldiers as possible and took over their ammunition and machine guns. After that, the whole scenario turned opposite and gave the Indian soldiers a new strength to win the battle.
From the three, Jaswant Singh alone killed 300 soldiers with the machine gun in less than 72 hours. His strategies and tactics of deploying rifles at certain places made the soldiers kill a maximum number of Chinese in groups. The two sisters- Nura and Shaila, helped Jaswant Singh to achieve victory but became martyred.
There are two hills on the last border in India- Nuranang, which are now popular by Nura and Shaila as to tribute both girls.
The Final Act
When the Chinese troops realized it was a single person who changed India’s defeat into victory, they were surprised. They dedicated themselves to killing Jaswant and cutting his head to take along them to China. But, after seeing the bravery of Jaswant Singh, China announced a ceasefire on 20th November, 1962. And with all due respect, they gave Jaswant Singh’s head back and presented a copper statue in his honor.
A story of an Indian soldier’s bravery and determination flipped the outcome on the battlefield and shook the belief of enemies.