About Lt. General Bikram Singh
Lieutenant General Bikram Singh G O C, XV Corps, is considered as the bravest and the most efficient General of the Indian Army. He is held in the highest esteem for his contributions in defending Ladakh and Chusul of Jammu & Kashmir from the enemies of our Motherland.
Tragic death of the Brave soldiers
This brave soldier died in a tragic helicopter crash when an Alouette helicopter, called Hal Cheetah crashed near Poonch city. This incident took place on 22nd November 1963. Along with him were Air Vice-Marshall E W Pinto, Lt. Gen. Daulat Singh, Major General K N D Nanavati, Brigadier S R Oberoi, and pilot Flight Lt. Sodhi who also lost their lives.
Memories of Bikram Singh Ji
In the memory of this Great General, the biggest chowk in Jammu city has been dedicated to him and is known as ‘Bikram Chowk’. His statue is also erected in the middle of this chowk. Every year, the Akhand Path of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is performed on this chowk on Martyr’s Day. The nearby Sikh locality has also built a Gurudwara Sahib Ji in his memory. General Bikram Singh Yadgar Committee organises a grand function every year on 22nd November.
Bikram Singh’s show of unparallel love for Nation
His love for India was really unparalleled. He never tolerated the enemy to occupy even a single inch of Indian land. In 1962 War with China, Lt. Gen. Bikram Singh played a crucial role in saving Indian territories.
The site where the helicopter crashed in the Poonch city, a Shahid Smarak is built on the bank of River Drungli. Today it has become the main tourist attraction for visitors.
This icon deserved every praise and appreciation. Here are some of the awards he was bestowed with.
- Param Vashisht Seva Medal
- Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
- Vishisht Seva Medal
- Uttam Yudh Seva Medal
- Sena Medal
- Legion of Merit
He is not present physically but resides in every heart. After his death, his native village of Siana near Balachaur was renamed as, Siana Bikram Singh.
Furthersome, the then Indian Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru accompanied by his daughter Indira Gandhi visited his village and Balachaur to pay tributes to him after his death.
He was so loved by the people of Jammu & Kashmir that the body of the martyr was also cremated in Jammu.