Story Of Brave Captain Davinder Singh Jass, Kirti Chakra (P), 1 PARA SF

On 22 Feb 2010, the security forces had received information from the intelligence sources about the presence of militants in Chinkipora village in Sopore district in J & K. It was decided to launch a search and destroy operation to nab the hardcore militants and the task was assigned to 1 Para(SF) unit.  Capt Devinder Singh Jass was chosen to lead the operation along with his troops. Capt Jass swung into action and launched the operation in the wee hours of 23 Feb 2010. The militants were hiding in a residential building in the suspected area, which was cordoned off in a well-planned move.

On being challenged the militants opened fire at the troops and a fierce gun battle ensued. At 4.45 AM the assault team led by Capt Jass decided to storm the suspected building. The militants had anticipated this action and had positioned themselves at vantage points inside the building. They were heavily armed and were sizable in numbers. When Capt Jass and his troops stormed the building and moved forward to open the door, they were attacked from various directions, with militants using automatic weapons and hand grenades. A heavy exchange of fire followed and Capt Jass managed to kill two militants in a daring action.

However, during the gun battle, Capt Jass got seriously injured and later succumbed to his injuries. Capt Jass displayed outstanding courage and leadership during the operation and laid down his life in the service of the nation. Capt Jass was given the nation’s second highest peacetime gallantry award, “Kirti Chakra” for his exceptional grit, determination, unfaltering leadership and supreme sacrifice.

Captain Devinder Singh Jass is survived by his father Sri Bhupinder Singh Jass, mother Smt Dalbir Kaur and sister Harpreet Kaur.

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