The Subedar Major Fateh Singh, the 51-year-old army man, who brought accolades to the nation back in 1995 for India at the 1st Commonwealth Shooting Championship in New Delhi, winning two medals, gold and silver, was martyred fighting terrorists in the attack on the Pathankot airbase.
Subedar Fateh Singh was a legendary Big Bore shooter who retired as a Subedar-major (honorary) captain from the Dogra regiment in 2009. Later he joined the Defence Security Corps (DSC) and was initially posted at Army War College, Mhow. Two years back, he came from Orissa to Pathankot Air Base.
Funeral of the brave soldier was held with state honours amid tight security at his village, Jhandha Gujjaran, in the Gurdaspur district, Punjab. When Ms. Madhu Radha, the martyr’s daughter, joined the pallbearers, the villagers raised slogans of “Fateh Singh Amar Rahe” and “Indian Army Zindabad”. Ms. Radha said he is proud of his brave father with tears in her eyes. She further informed that her father was unarmed when he happened to spot two of the terrorists. He snatched a gun from one of them and killed the two, but suffered fatal injuries in the process, sustaining two bullet wounds.
With seven security personnel being martyred - including the Commonwealth Gold Medallist Fateh Singh, Lieutenant Colonel of the National Security Guard, Niranjan Kumar and Garud Commando Gursevak Singh, the terror attack at Pathankot air base has exacted a heavy toll despite the advance information about it.