Saga of gallantry: An indisciplined soldier died singingSeptember 1965: The Poonch-Haji Pir road was dominated by two Pakistani posts called Raja and Rani. The Indian Division posted at that sector decided to capture these two posts to stop Pakistani infiltration by this route. Initially the task of capturing Raja post was given to 3 Dogra, but the attempt was not successful. Later the task was assigned to 2 Sikh under Lt. Col. N.N. Khanna. The attack was scheduled on 7th September, at first light.
The Raja Post was strongly held by a company of 4 AK Battalion and a platoon of Zhob Militia. 2 Sikh could not commence the attack at first light; instead the attack was initiated after one and a half hour. The enemy was alert. Immediately, small arms and LMG fire started from the enemy's position. 2 Sikh could not move forward because of constant fire. The sun was rising in the east.
Suddenly, the CO, Lt. Col. Khanna decided to move forward. Along with him, soldiers started moving upwards. Fierce battle started. Soldiers of both the sides were fighting like men possessed. Suddenly, a burst of machine gun fire hit Lt. Col. Khanna and he was seriously wounded. Later he died. 2 Sikh sung many individual saga of gallantry on that fateful morning.
Sepoy Jarnail Singh was in inebriated condition at the time of commencement of attack. Lt. Col. Khanna ordered him not to join the attack. He was kept at reserve platoon despite protest by Jarnail. Lt. Col. Khanna was hit by LMG at 0550 hr. This indisciplined Sepoy immediately joined the battle along with the reserve platoon at 0615 hr. Even at that time he was singing loudly. Later he left the platoon psition also.
Raja post was finally captured at 0710 hr. on that day after fierce fighting. When other soldiers of 2 Sikh reached the post, they were astonished. The commander of the Zhob Militia was found shot dead at the bunker. Besides his body, lay the body of Sepoy Jarnail Singh. It was clear that both of them shot each other at the same time. Even at the time of his death, this inebriated, indisciplined soldier was singing loudly.
Raja Post was captured on 7th September, 1965. Simultaneously 3 Dogra captured Rani post.