- Lance Naik Satbir Singh was a part of Rajputana Rifles and was left disabled due to bullet injuries during the 1999 Kargil War.
- Now, he has no choice but to sell fruit juice to feed his family.
Today, one of the Kargil War Heroes, Lance Naik Satbir Singh has no choice but to sell fruit juice to feed his family. He lives in a small house in Mukhmelpur village in North Delhi.
As per the reports, he was a part of Rajputana Rifles and was left disabled due to bullet injuries during the 1999 Kargil War. 53-year-old Satbir Singh limps as one of the six bullets that hit him still remains in his right leg. Because of the injury, he had to take voluntary retirement.
From childhood, Satbir Singh had a keen interest in serving the nation. He frequently participated in school parades, which inspired him to be a part of the Indian Army.
Also, he has been a part of the NCC (National Cadet Corps) cadre. He also worked for the Indian Home Guard and eventually, he made his way to the Indian Army.
Satbir Singh served the nation for 14 years. He was posted in Srinagar for more than 8 years. Sharing his experience, he reportedly told India Times, “Humare Liye Tololing ke pahad jeetna Kargil jeetna tha”. (Winning the battle of Tololing Hills was like winning Kargil for us.)
There were 24 soldiers in Satbir’s unit, out of which there were seven battle casualties and the rest sustained severe injuries. On June 14, 1999, Satbir Singh was admitted to the Army Hospital. He was there for almost a year and was discharged on May 23, 2000.
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Because of the injuries, he could not serve the nation anymore. He claims that a lot was promised to him. He reportedly said that the families of the soldiers who lost their lives during the war were immediately compensated. Some received petrol pumps, some received gas agencies and some an acre of land. But he had to survive on a pension of Rs. 4,000 per month (in year 2000).
As of the year 2018, he was given a pension of Rs. 23,000 per month. As per the media reports, he was promised a package of Rs. 40,332 per month along with his children’s education. However, he was receiving only half of the amount.
He had a pile of documents claiming that the then government promised him a petrol pump and one acre of land. After a lot of struggle, he received a piece of land where he did extensive farming. But he said that the land was snatched away from him.
Satbir said that his friends informed him that bulldozers had run over his entire farm on which he spent his entire savings for farming.
Satbir Singh reportedly said that he earns around 500 a day from his juice shop. As it is in the village, there’s not much crowd. Only some boys who go to the gym come to his shop.
Satbir Singh- “I have all the documents ready. I was threatened several times that I should continue with my life as it is else, I shall face dire consequences. But I am not scared and I want to make sure that any other soldier doesn’t have to suffer the same ordeal.”