On the glorious occasion of the 20th anniversary of India's victory in the 1999 Kargil war, the Army Chief General Bipin Rawat proved that Indian forces look out for one another.
After the news of Kargil braveheart and Vir chakra awardee Satpal Singh being relegated to a head constable job in Punjab's Sangrur district reached netizens through the social media, they appealed to the authorities to ensure the former Armyman gets the job he deserves. Now Army Chief General Bipin Rawat himself has said that the Indian Forces will help him get job suited to his calibre.
"Until the soldier is in the army we take care of him, even after his service we look after him. I believe the Vir Chakra awardee made his choice to join the Police. He is free to come to us if he feels he could get a better job. We can help him with that. I can tell you with pride that private industries come in big numbers asking for ex-servicemen to recruit," General Rawat said.
The story of Satpal Singh made a huge impact on social media. As per reports, the Singh was part of 8 Sikh team which was among those teams that captured the strategically located Tiger Hil. His story of the Kargil battle is one of those which could give a Nationalist the chills. He was a Sepoy and had single-handedly managed to kill Pakistan's Captain Karnal Sher Khan and three others, that too in hand-to-hand combat. Khan too had fought with exemplary bravery which was vouched by an Indian brigade commander owing to which he was posthumously conferred with Pakistan’s highest gallantry award, Nishan-e-Haider.
In the report, Singh vividly recalls the battle, saying that attack by the Pakistanis was incessant. He said that Indian forces who reached the Tiger Hill were clothed normally as they had to choose between extra woollens or extra arms and ammunition. The latter was an obvious choice for the Forces.
The 46-year-old said that his Subedar before succumbing to a direct hit on his head, told them to shout the jaikara ‘Bole So Nihal Sat Sri Akal' and rush the enemy and its officer. Singh took four bullets and following that, engaged in hand-to-hand combat. He took on the tall, well-built Pakistani captain without knowing his identity and killed him.
However, despite his brave feat the Punjab Police which he joined after completing his service in the Army in 20019, did not factor in the Vir Chakra owing to which he is still working as a Head Constable. Singh laments saying even sportspersons are offered higher ranks in the Police. He also says that he feels bad for his postgraduate educated son who is unemployed.