New Delhi, Jan 2: Subedar Fateh Singh, a 51-year-old armyman who lost his life during combing operations at Indian Air Force (IAF) base near Punjab’s Pathankot town on Saturday, had won a gold and a silver at the first Commonwealth Shooting Championships held in Delhi in 1995.
The tiol Rifle Association of India (NRAI) mourned his death.
“Subedar Fateh Singh sacrificed his life while fighting for his motherland at Air Base Pathankot today during an attack of militants. Subedar Fateh Singh was a legendary Big Bore shooter. He won Gold and a Silver medal during 1st Commonwealth Shooting Championship held at New Delhi in 1995,” the association posted on its site.
NRAI president Raninder Singh condoled the death, saying the country has lost its beloved son and a sharp shooter.
“May Almighty grant peace to the Great Soldier. The shooting fraternity pray for the departed soul and strength to the family of great soldier to bear this irreparable loss.”
Fateh Singh, retired as subedar major (hon) captain from Dogra regiment in 2009.
After retirement, he joined the Defence Security Corps (India) as subedar and was initially posted at Army War College, Mhow.
He was posted in Pathankot about two years back. He had won gold in the Big Bore Rifle Three Position and silver in Big Bore Rifle Prone Postion at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in 1995. IANS