The Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) has decided to honour Major Laishram Jyotin Singh,AC,the first Medical Officer of the Armed Forces Medical Services to be conferred the Nations highest peacetime gallantry award,the Ashok Chakra on Independence Day this year by naming its new library building Ashok Chakra Library. The library was inaugurated by Lt Gen D P Vats, Director and Commandant of AFMC.
According to Lt Gen D P Vats,,Director and Commandant,AFMC,Pune,while gallantry awards have been won by doctors in the past,this is the first time since independence that a medical officer has received the nation’s highest peacetime gallantry award. What sets Maj L Jyotin Singh,AC,apart is the bravery he displayed in taking on the enemy and sacrificing his own life to save the lives of ten of his colleagues.
On 26 Feb 2010,terrorist suicide bombers carried out a well planned attack on Noor Guest House,a residential compound housing members of an Indian humanitarian assistance team in Kabul,Afghanistan. They exploded a vehicle rigged with 500 Kgs of explosive material,demolishing the boundary wall as well as the roof of the guest house and killing four security guards. Thereafter one suicide bomber entered the guest house and started throwing grenades and firing from his AK 47 rifle on the inmates. The explosions set the entire guest house on fire.
Maj L Jyotin Singh,though unarmed,charged at the terrorist and grappled with him. He ensured that the terrorist was neither able to use his weapon,nor lob any more grenades. The unnerved terrorist blew himself up along with Maj L J Singh. His supreme sacrifice provided his colleagues an opportunity to extricate themselves from the burning building. For this act of raw courage,indomitable spirit,conspicuous gallantry and supreme sacrifice Major Laishram Jyotin Singh was recommended by the Ambassador of India in Kabul,Afghanistan for the award of Ashok Chakra.