Late Lieutenant General Hanut Singh, PVSM, MVC (6 July 1933 – 11 April 2015) was an Indian Army General who was decorated with the Maha Vir Chakra for his role in the Battle of Basantar in the Indo-Pak War of 1971.
With other laurels awarded to him, the 1971 Indo-Pak war Hero, PVSM, MVC, Fakhr-e-hind, Doyen of South Asian Armoured warfare and Saint Soldier, being a few of them his name needs no introduction.
But this is not why we are talking about him now, on the 11th of August 2018′, Singh’s home was allegedly wrongfully sealed and forcefully vacated by the Local Police Officials without giving any prior notice, on orders from the Municipal Corporation to acquire his Land and property due to its strategic location on Raipur Road, Dehradun.
The battle is currently being fought by Singh’s heir and nephew Nripender Singh. Speaking to the TOI, he said, “We have been living here and taking care of the place. DMC personnel suddenly came and without giving us any notice, sealed the place. Now, we have nowhere to stay.”
According to a report by The Daily Pioneer, Singh claimed that the keys of the sealed property have been handed over to Shiv Rudra Balyogi who resides in a part of the ashram. He further mentioned that the action allegedly has been taken at the orders of some people who want the prime land and they are getting their support from the State BJP chief Ajay Bhatt.
Talking about the incident, the municipal commissioner of Dehradun, Vijay Kumar Jogdande said, “The lock is ours and the keys too are with us”, pointing out that the property which has been sealed belongs to the Dehradun Municipal Corporation.
With the DMC officials saying that the action was taken in accordance with the law, the sealing of the memorial has evoked angry reactions from many, who termed the action as “unfair”.
Randhir Singh Bhinder, the MLA from Vallabh Nagar in Rajasthan’s Udaipur district, visited Dehradun and registered his protest against the action by the DMC, calling its action “illegal”.
According to a report by The Business Standard, he said he met with the Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat regarding the issue who assured to look into the matter soon.
Late Lieutenant General Hanut Singh’s legendary contributions are known and celebrated not just by Poona Horse Regiment but throughout the Indian Defence Fraternity.
Singh was a highly respected officer and was also known as the ‘saint general’ because of his inclination towards spirituality.
Let independent India celebrate its 72nd independent day with remembering Singh and all the unsung heroes of India who have not only served their country but died fighting for it.