Here is the Story of Sergeant Pratap Singh:
On 13th September 1965, Four Pakistani Planes bombed and strafed a goods train carrying diesel oil and other explosive materials at Gurdaspur Railway station, setting fire to the wagon containing diesel oil. The burning oil threw out huge flames and the entire area surrounding the railway track was shrouded by a thick cloud of smoke causing panic and confusion in the locality.
Collecting about 59 other NCC cadets, Sergeant Pratap Singh (No: 1148011) rushed to the scene of the fire. Unmindful of their personal safety, under the inspiring leadership of Sgt Pratap Singh, the Cadets set themselves to the task of detaching the unaffected wagons from the burning wagons and pushing the burning wagons away to a safe distance. During this action, Sergeant Pratap Singh displayed leadership, courage and initiative and set an inspiring example to other cadets.
Due to the Quick and timely response by those Sixty cadets, the fire was brought under control. The cadets not only detached diesel wagons but also detached the wagons loaded with ammunition, thus preventing a major explosion and a fearful disaster.Had they not detached the Ammunition and Diesel Wagons, The Advancement of Indian Army in the Frontline would have almost halted due to low ammo and fuel .The Soldier would not have been able to advance as they had to wait for resupply from other trains which would have taken a long time since train tracks were destroyed as well.
The cadets happily risked their lives and suffered burns in achieving this remarkable feat. In this action, cadets were inspired and led by Cadet Sergeant Pratap Singh who manifested high qualities of leadership, courage and initiative. For his gallantry and selfless devotion to duty which saved the city of Gurdaspur from a terrible catastrophe, Sergeant Pratap Singh of the 10th Punjab Battalion NCC Gurdaspur was awarded the Ashok Chakra Class III (Shaurya Chakra) by President of India Dr Radha Krishnan in 1966.
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