One Man Army

Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat

Battle of Nuranang 4th  Battalion of Garwal Rifles

17th November 1962

Jaswant Singh Rawat, Lanes Naik Trilok Singh and RFN Gopal Singh Gusain crawled for 12 meters, throw grenades at Chinese bunkers, captured China’s Medium Machine Gun (MMG), fired at Chinese army with China’s MMG itself and inflicted heavy causalities on Chinese side. On that day our Army ordered to withdraw from that post. However Jaswant Singh Rawat stayed back and climbed a mountain of 10000 feet height and there installed many guns at constant distance. With the Monpa tribal girls Sela and Nura supplying ammunition, Rawat loaded the guns and fired at Chinese stations consistently passing from 1st to 2nd and like that to the last gun and returning in reverse order to 1st gun again. Thus, there was  a constant and consistent firing. It continued for three days both day and night fully without any gap. Thus, Chinese army thought that there was a Bharatian army battalion with high number.

Hence they stayed back without advancing. However, they suffered heavy causalities. Without eating properly and not at all sleeping, Rawat and the two girls worked hard for 3 days and stopped the advancement of Chinese army and at the same time inflicting heavy damage on them. On 3rd day Chinese army captured a villager who supplied food to these three and knew the fact. The got angry, came to the working spot of Rawat and tortured Nura. Seeing this, Sela climbed a peak and jumped into the below pass and died. That mountain and pass are named after her. Rawat shot himself. However Chinese army severed his head and taken away with them. On this day, (20th November 1962) China declared unilateral ceasefire and they returned Brass bust of Jaswant singh, feeling for their inhuman act and appreciating the braveness of Rawat. This was installed at a house named as Jaswant Garh and was worshiped as temple even now by the locals and our Army persons. He became a saint.

Army persons even now believe that he is serving our Nation and guiding them properly, when they miss directions. He was supplied tea and food regularly, his clothes were washed daily and shoes were polished which were on the next day morning seems to be with snow and dust, causing us to think that he had gone for night rounds. He was given regular promotions and leave also. Any army officer crossing Jaswant Garh used to salute him. Army people are believing that Jaswant Singh Rawat still serving our Motherland and safeguarding our territory. It is a known fact that his spirit still protects this Sela pass.

Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat still protects and guards our Beloved Motherland Bharat, even after death.

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