A Kargil War Hero & Vir Chakra, Satpal Singh Now Manages Traffic In A Small Punjab Town
Sepoy Satpal Singh won the Vir Chakra for his exceptional bravery on the Tiger Hill during Kargil war in 1999.
Now, he is an Assistant Sub-inspector with Punjab Police. He was promoted from a Head Constable to ASI on Friday.
Satpal Singh is seen at a road intersection in Bhawanigarh, a small town in Punjab’s Sangrur district managing traffic.
He appears to be a normal traffic policeman but after closer inspection of his uniform, he wears four rows of medal ribands of which one is half blue-half orange, the Vir Chakra.
Satpal was part of the 8 Sikh teams of two officers, four JCOs and 46 ORs (other ranks), tasked to help the 19 Grenadiers capture Tiger Hill. He killed Captain Karnal Sher Khan of the Northern Light Infantry and three others.
On the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas – the day Kargil War formally came to an end after Indian soldiers successfully recaptured the mountain heights seized by the Pakistani Army.
Talking to The Indian Express, he said, “May be I made a wrong decision (by joining Punjab Police). I did not get any weightage for my Vir Chakra. I joined under the ex-servicemen quota. I am a Head Constable now. Sportspersons winning medals are also given higher rank. I killed a man who was awarded Pakistan’s highest gallantry award”.
Anyway, God is kind. He kept me alive. I just feel bad for my unemployed post-graduate son.