In 1962, during the Indo China war, th 14 Jammu Kashmir Militia was deployed in the Ladakh sector. Havildar Sarup Singhwas the second in command at the post at Bhujang. The Chinese armed with automatic weapons and mortar mounted a massive attack on th night of 19th October.
The few Indian Defenders of this post found themselves ill-equipped to resist this furious Chinese onslaught. The Chinese came in waves and seemed unstoppable but inspired by the Havildar, the Indians fought gallantly inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy. The Havildar was finally overpowered and killed.
For his act of courage and and supreme gallantary Havildar Swaroop Singh was posthumously honoured with the Mahavir Chakra.