Jammu: World War II veteran Mehar Singh, who had served with Royal Corps of Signals, passed away on December 15, a defence spokesman said here on Tuesday.
Sant Mehar Singh joined the Royal Corps of Signals in 1942 and worked as a despatch rider. He saw operations in Imphal and during India-Pakistan war in 1947-48, he said.
In one of the operations, Sant Mehar Singh along with three of his colleagues trekked through deep jungles to establish contact with garrison of Bagh, and saved 50,000 lives, he said.
In 1948, Mehar bid good bye to uniform and in 1954 laid the foundation of ‘Nirmal Kutia Ashram’ at Batote in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir, the spokesman said.
“His message of brotherhood and spirituality earned him a large number of followers and admirers,” he said.
Sant Mehar Singh had also laid the foundation of ‘Sarv Dharm Sthal’ at Dharmund.
The Sant will be remembered for his contribution to the Army and the state of Jammu and Kashmir for his spiritual and peaceful co-existence, the spokesman added.