Havaldar Gajender Singh
Havaldar Gajender Singh Bisht (born 1972) was an NSG
National Security Guards
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 commando who died during the 2008 Mumbai attacks
2008 Mumbai attacks
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. His act of bravery was honoured with the Ashoka Chakra award
Ashoka Chakra Award
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 by the President of India on 26 January 2009, India's republic day
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Hailing from Ganeshpur in Uttarakhand
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, young Gajender Singh studied at the Janata Inter College in Naya Gaon. He was remembered by his teachers as a disciplined student who participated in every event organised in the school, be it sports or cultural activities. He had a particular interest in boxing.

Operation Black Tornado

Gajender Singh was a member of the National Security Guard’s 51 Special Action Group. Gajender Singh was part of the team of NSG commandos who were abseiled
Abseiling , rappelling in American English, is the controlled descent down a rock face using a rope; climbers use this technique when a cliff or slope is too steep and/or dangerous to descend without protection.- Slang terms :...

 on the roof of Nariman House in an operation to neutralize the terrorists inside who were holding at least six hostages.

According to Jyoti Krishna Dutt, Director General of the NSG, Singh was leading one of the teams that entered the building. The team came under intense fire from the terrorists and returned fire, while trying to dominate the situation. The terrorists also hurled a few grenades at the commandos. At this point, Singh had the option of retreating with his team. However, he realized that they had to seize this opportunity to dominate and continued moving ahead. He didn't turn his back to the militants and created a way for the other commandos despite a grenade thrown at him. Despite sustaining multiple bullet injuries while doing so, he moved forward and ultimately succumbed to his injuries, making the supreme sacrifice. This selfless and brave gesture of his ensured that his team secured a dominating position in the encounter.


While securing the Nariman House
Nariman House
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 during Operation Black Tornado
2008 Mumbai attacks
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, Singh, a member of the Parachute Regiment was fatally wounded while storming the Jewish center.

See also

  • Hemant Karkare
    Hemant Karkare
    Hemant Karkare was the chief of the Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad. He was killed during the 2008 Mumbai attacks after being shot three times in the chest...

  • Sandeep Unnikrishnan
    Sandeep Unnikrishnan
    Sandeep Unnikrishnan was a Major in the Indian Army serving in the elite Special Action Group of the National Security Guards . He was killed in action while fighting terrorists in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks...

  • Vijay Salaskar
    Vijay Salaskar
    Vijay Salaskar was a Senior Police Inspector and encounter specialist serving with the Mumbai police. He was widely credited with killing 75–80 criminals in encounters — most of these were members of the Arun Gawli gang...

  • Ashok Kamte
    Ashok Kamte
    Ashok Kamte was the Additional Commissioner of Mumbai Police for the East Region. He was killed in terrorist action during the 2008 Mumbai attacks. His bravery was honoured with the Ashoka Chakra on 26 January 2009....

  • Tukaram Omble
    Tukaram Omble
    Tukaram Omble was an assistant sub-inspector , and a retired army man who had entered the Mumbai police. He was killed during the 2008 Mumbai attacks while fighting terrorists at Girgaum Chowpatty...

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