IMPHAL: Recognising and honouring the sacrifice of late Major Laishram Jyotin Singh, government has decided to name a sports medicine complex in Imphal after the martyr.
Major Laishram Jyotin Singh, AC was an Officer in the Army Medical Corps of the Indian Army, who died fighting a suicide bomber during the attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul. Major Singh was awarded the Ashoka Chakra, the highest peacetime gallantry award in the Indian Armed Forces on 26 January, 2011.
On February 26, 2010 (aged 37), 13 days after his posting, a guarded residential compound attached to but away from the embassy housing six Army medical officers, four para-medics and two Army officers was raided by suicide bombers.
A terrorist killed three security guards and then entered the compound to kill survivors. He opened Kalshnikov gunfire into the individual rooms and hurled grenades. In the melee, five unarmed officers took shelter in one of the rooms, which came under grenade attack. The roof caught fire and spread to the bathroom where another five officers were sheltered.
Singh crawled out from under the debris of his room and, unarmed, charged at the terrorist and pinned him down. He continued to grapple with the terrorist and did not let him go till the latter detonated his suicide vest, resulting in his death.
Maj Laishram Jyotin Singh gave up his life for the sake of five of his colleagues, one of whom unfortunately was still charred to death, and another succumbed to his injuries five days later. His sacrifice, in addition, also saved the lives of two officers and four paramedics and two Afghan civilians within the compound, the government said as per source.
In memory of his bravery government of India has finally recognised the contribution of one of her brave son of the soil.
The late Major Jyotin completed his Post graduation in sports medicine and in his honour government of India has decided to construct a sports medicine complex named after him. The decision to honour him by the union Government of India has been intimated to Hon’ble Chief Minister of Manipur as per reliable source. The decision was formally taken today on 15th August, the 74th independence Day of India. This tribute to a brave soul will usher in an era of emotional integrity among the people of India. This will foster close ties and encourage people of Manipur to rise above the feeling of alienation. This goodwill gesture will help build much needed emotional integrity among all Indians.