Naib Subedar Sombir Singh Age, Death, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Wife: Suman Devi
Hometown: Bhiwani, Haryana
Age: 37 Years

Sombir Singh

Full nameSombir Singh Kadyan
ProfessionIndian Army Personnel
Famous for• Winning the Shaurya Chakra, India's third-highest peacetime gallantry award
• His story being showed in Rakshak- India's Braves: Chapter 2
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 178 cm
in meters- 1.78 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 10”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 65 kg
in pounds- 143 lbs
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourBlack
Military Career
Service/BranchIndian Army
RankNaib Subedar
Service Years2001 - 24 February 2019
Unit8th Battalion of the Jat Regiment
Service NumberJC-492138A
Military DecorationsShaurya Chakra (January 2020)
Sombir Singh's wife receiving the Shaurya Chakra from President Ram Nath Kovind
Personal Life
Date of Birth4 February 1982 (Thursday)
BirthplaceMithi village, Siwani Tehsil, Bhiwani district, Haryana, India
Date of Death24 February 2019
Place of Death92 Base Hospital in the Badami Bagh Cantonment, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
Age (at the time of death)37 Years
Death CauseGun Shot Wounds [1]The Government of India
Zodiac signAquarius
HometownBhiwani, Haryana
SchoolHe studied at a government school in his hometown.
Relationships & More
Marital Status (at the time of death)Married
Wife/SpouseSuman Devi (government official)

Note: Wife's image in parents' section.
ChildrenSon- 1
Daughter(s)- 2
• Priya Singh
ParentsFather- Sher Singh Kadyan (retired Indian Army soldier)
Mother- Rajendri Devi
Suman Devi and mother of Sombir Singh at an event
Money Factor
Salary (approx.)Rs. 35,400 + other allowances (as a Naib Subedar) [2]DNA


Some Lesser Known Facts About Sombir Singh

  • Sombir Singh was a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) in the Indian Army, who won the Shaurya Chakra, which is India’s third-highest gallantry award given in peacetime, in 2019. It was revealed in January 2024 that Barun Sobti had been chosen to play the character of Sombir Singh in the second season of the show Rakshak- India’s Braves.
  • Sombir Singh joined the Indian Army as a recruit following the completion of his formal education. He underwent a strict military training process as a recruit at the Jat Regimental Center (JRC) in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh.
  • In 2001, he was allotted the 8th Battalion of the Jat Regiment, and he joined his unit as a sepoy.
  • During his service, Singh received numerous promotions due to organisational, leadership and man management skills and eventually became a naib subedar, i.e., a JCO.
  • Thereafter, he was deployed in Kulgam, Kashmir, where he was a member of the 34th Battalion of the Rashtriya Rifles with which he was part of many counter-terrorism operations conducted by the Indian Army under Operation Rakshak which was started by the army in the mid-1990s.
  • Sombir was a member of the assault team which received intelligence about the presence of the three dreaded militants in Kulgam’s Turigam village.
  • On 24 February 2019, Singh and his assault team approached the village, where they were engaged in a gunfight by the militants hiding in a building.
  • Under Sombir’s leadership, the team countered the attack of the militants and managed to eliminate some of them.
  • Later, Sombir directed the troops to relocate to the outer periphery of the village to cut off the likely escape route of the remaining militants. While doing so, a militant opened fire on the team which led to a soldier getting severely wounded.
  • To save the soldier, Singh moved out of his cover and engaged the enemy in close-quarter combat. This resulted in the elimination of the terrorist, while Sombir was grievously injured as he received gunshot wounds in the chest and the neck.
  • He was then evacuated and taken to the Badami Bagh Cantonment, where he was admitted to the 92 Base Hospital. However, he could not recover from the injuries and passed away. [3]The Government of India
  • While giving an interview, Priya Singh, one of his daughters, talked about her father’s passing away and said,

    It is a proud moment for our family that my martyr father has been awarded Shaurya Chakra posthumously for showing courage while fighting with militants. Today, I can say proudly that I am a daughter of a shaheed fauji. It is very difficult to spend life without a father, but he went beyond his duty as a father by sacrificing his life for the nation. I want to say that the government should take care of martyrs’ families from time to time.”

    Chinar Corps Commander paying homage to Sombir Singh after his death

    Chinar Corps Commander paying homage to Sombir Singh after his death

  • Initially, it was believed that the militant eliminated by Sombir was a local militant; however, later it was determined that the militant was a foreigner and was of the A++ category. [4]Business Standard
  • Following Sombir Singh Kadyan’s death in 2019, the Haryana government provided his family with an ex gratia payment of Rs. 2 lac and offered a government job to his widow, Suman Devi, depending upon her educational qualifications.
  • Barun Sobti, the actor, was chosen to portray Naib Subedar Sombir Singh Kadyan, in Season 2 of Rakshak – India’s Braves Chapter 2. During a media interaction, Barun said,

    I am filled with a profound sense of accomplishment and gratitude. It is a great responsibility to play the role of an individual who sacrificed his life for the nation. It is truly an honour to portray the role of Naib Subedar Sombir Singh and share his brave story through Rakshak – India’s Braves.”

    Barun Sobti as Naib Subedar Sombir Singh Kadyan on the poster of the second season of Rakshak - India's Braves

    Barun Sobti as Naib Subedar Sombir Singh Kadyan on the poster of the second season of Rakshak – India’s Braves