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Sikh Soldier Takes Off Turban To Save Fellow Soldier’s life In Naxal Encounter, Gets Honoured

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In an incredible episode of bravery, a Sikh commando who took a bullet while fighting Naxals in last week’s encounter in Chhattisgarh used his own turban to stop the bleeding of his fellow soldier in the battle. 

In South Asian culture, the turban was adopted by Sikh Gurus in order to remind Sikhs that all humans were royal, sovereign and equal. 

It is considered extremely important to the Sikh identity, with both men and women wearing it as part of religious observance. 

However, that did not stop Constable Balraj Singh of CRPF’s elite Commando Battalion for resolute Action (CoBRA), from taking it off to tie it around the injured leg of his fellow soldier Sub Inspector Abhishek Pandey.

Saturday’s (April 3) encounter between Naxals and security personnel along the Sukma-Bijapur border in Chhattisgarh claimed the lives of at least 22 soldiers, with injuries to around 31.

With medics already attending to so many wounded, Singh said he was left with no choice but to stop Pandey’s bleeding by use of some other means. 

"Our first-aid man was busy, he was attending to the Special Task Force personnel. At that time our sub-inspector sir (Abhishek Pandey) was wounded from the splinters of a grenade. He was bleeding profusely; I took off my turban and tied it around his wound.” Singh told NDTV. 

His timely action saved Pandey’s life and made sure that both soldiers are now recovering from injuries in the hospital. 

Soon after the incident, Singh was honoured with a special turban by Special DGP Rajinder Kumar Vij for his bravery on the battlefield. 

“I felt honoured to present this turban to Cobra commando Balraj Singh who untied his own to save his fellow soldier’s life. He was so delighted to receive this and immediately asked his attender to take a snap. A few happy moments in tough times.” 

“My salute to the spirit of the Sikh jawan,” wrote Vij on Twitter. 

I felt honoured to present this turban to Cobra commando Balraj Singh who untied his own to save his fellow soldier's life. He was so delighted to receive this and immediately asked his attender to take a snap. A few happy moments in tough times. https://t.co/eGITsn2tUp

— RK Vij (@ipsvijrk) April 6, 2021

Soon after the news broke out regarding the incident, there was an outpour of admiration from people on microblogging site Twitter. 

This is the real religion of humanity. Proud to be your brother Indian

— a k Sinha (@DrSinhaforIndia) April 7, 2021

Great Gesture
Singh Is King
A Real Hero
A Real Sikh
A Real Soldier

Big Salute

— Debasish Chatterjee (@debasishcap15) April 6, 2021

You inspire people, and this is a true leadership your team must be super motivated seeing you recognizing hero’s and their hard work

— Asheesh Chaturvedi 🇮🇳 (@AsheeshChaturv1) April 7, 2021

Would love to meet you sometime in life, sir and I hope it is soon!

— Narendra Singh (@your_Narendra) April 8, 2021

Salute to you and our soldiers. Jai hind 🇮🇳

— Manjinder Singh (@Manjind58197287) April 6, 2021

Thank you sir. Thanks to the Brave soldier as well. Get well soon and be back serving the motherland

— Jaspreet Singh (@jaspreet20) April 6, 2021

Till such brave officers are working for india , no one can harm us .. respect and salute to you sir. For being with brave man's after such incident.

— Ashish Tiwari (@ASHISH80812413) April 6, 2021

In an incredible episode of bravery, a Sikh commando who took a bullet while fighting Naxals in last week’s encounter in Chhattisgarh used his own turban to stop the bleeding of his fellow soldier in the battle. 

In South Asian culture, the turban was adopted by Sikh Gurus in order to remind Sikhs that all humans were royal, sovereign and equal. 

It is considered extremely important to the Sikh identity, with both men and women wearing it as part of religious observance. 

However, that did not stop Constable Balraj Singh of CRPF’s elite Commando Battalion for resolute Action (CoBRA), from taking it off to tie it around the injured leg of his fellow soldier Sub Inspector Abhishek Pandey.

Saturday’s (April 3) encounter between Naxals and security personnel along the Sukma-Bijapur border in Chhattisgarh claimed the lives of at least 22 soldiers, with injuries to around 31.

With medics already attending to so many wounded, Singh said he was left with no choice but to stop Pandey’s bleeding by use of some other means. 

"Our first-aid man was busy, he was attending to the Special Task Force personnel. At that time our sub-inspector sir (Abhishek Pandey) was wounded from the splinters of a grenade. He was bleeding profusely; I took off my turban and tied it around his wound.” Singh told NDTV. 

His timely action saved Pandey’s life and made sure that both soldiers are now recovering from injuries in the hospital. 

Soon after the incident, Singh was honoured with a special turban by Special DGP Rajinder Kumar Vij for his bravery on the battlefield. 

“I felt honoured to present this turban to Cobra commando Balraj Singh who untied his own to save his fellow soldier’s life. He was so delighted to receive this and immediately asked his attender to take a snap. A few happy moments in tough times.” 

“My salute to the spirit of the Sikh jawan,” wrote Vij on Twitter. 

I felt honoured to present this turban to Cobra commando Balraj Singh who untied his own to save his fellow soldier's life. He was so delighted to receive this and immediately asked his attender to take a snap. A few happy moments in tough times. https://t.co/eGITsn2tUp

— RK Vij (@ipsvijrk) April 6, 2021

Soon after the news broke out regarding the incident, there was an outpour of admiration from people on microblogging site Twitter. 

This is the real religion of humanity. Proud to be your brother Indian

— a k Sinha (@DrSinhaforIndia) April 7, 2021

Great Gesture
Singh Is King
A Real Hero
A Real Sikh
A Real Soldier

Big Salute

— Debasish Chatterjee (@debasishcap15) April 6, 2021

You inspire people, and this is a true leadership your team must be super motivated seeing you recognizing hero’s and their hard work

— Asheesh Chaturvedi 🇮🇳 (@AsheeshChaturv1) April 7, 2021

Would love to meet you sometime in life, sir and I hope it is soon!

— Narendra Singh (@your_Narendra) April 8, 2021

Salute to you and our soldiers. Jai hind 🇮🇳

— Manjinder Singh (@Manjind58197287) April 6, 2021

Thank you sir. Thanks to the Brave soldier as well. Get well soon and be back serving the motherland

— Jaspreet Singh (@jaspreet20) April 6, 2021

Till such brave officers are working for india , no one can harm us .. respect and salute to you sir. For being with brave man's after such incident.

— Ashish Tiwari (@ASHISH80812413) April 6, 2021

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