1971 War Hero Col. Panjab Singh Succumbed to Covid-19

Veer Chakra Awardee Cremated with Covid Protocol at Chandimandir crematorium today.

Hamirpur May 25

Veer Chakra awardee Col. (Retd.) Panjab Singh of the district died doe to Covid -19 at command hospital Chandimandir Yesterday. The 80 year old retired defense officer of Sikh Regiment was admitted at the army hospital after he was tested positive corona virus two weeks ago.

Col. Panjab Singh (Retired) was awarded Veer Chakra on  December 24, 1972 for his gallantry service in operation titled as ‘Cactus Lily’ in the western sector.

Then Major Panjab Singh was commanding a company deployed in the Western Sector. On 3 December 1971, the company was attacked by two enemy (Pakistani) companies supported by artillery and mortar fire, Major Panjab Singh, with complete disregard for his safety, moved from trench to trench and ensured that all weapons under his command engaged the assaulting force effectively. Three more attempts by the Pak Army (enemy) to assault the position were similarly foiled in the next two days by this officer.

A file photo of Col. Panjab Singh with his wife Vidhya Devi.

Notably, he had lost his elder son Anil Singh due to Covid -19  three days ago in Delhi, while his younger son Ajay was discharged from the hospital a day before yesterday following  recovery from the corona virus.

Former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, Brig. Khushal  Thakur Chairman of Ex Servicemen Corporation and many officers and soldiers and ex-servicemen had mourned the demise of Col. Panjab Singh. He was survived by his wife a son and a daughter. He was living here in ward number seven after retirement from the army. The son in law of Col. Panjab Singh was Lt. General in Indian army and posted as Core Commander northern region.