Date of Birth : January 14, 1996
Place of birth : Patiala, Punjab
Service : Army
Last Rank : Naik
Unit : 58 Engr Regt
Arm/Regt : The Corps of Engineers
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Awards : Sena Medal
Martyrdom : June 26, 2020
Lance Naik Saleem Khan hailed from village of Mardanheri in Punjab's Patiala district and was born on 14 Jan 1996. Son of late Army veteran Mangal Din and Smt Nasima Begum, Lance Naik Saleem Khan had brother Niyamat Ali and sister Sultana as his siblings. His father had served as Naik in the Corps of Military Police (CMP) and his uncle Budh Din too had served in the Army.
Following the family tradition, he joined the Army in 2014 after completing his education at the age of 18 years. He was recruited into 58 Engr Regt of the Corps of Engineers, the important combat support arm of Indian Army. By the year 2020, he had put in over 6 years of service and had developed into a dedicated and professionally competent soldier.
LAC Operation (Galwan valley): 26 June 2020
During June 2020, Lance Naik Saleem Khan’s unit 58 Engr Regt was deployed in eastern Ladakh close to the Line of Actual Control(LAC). Since early June the tension along the LAC was building up due to construction work in Galwan valley close to the road going from Leh to Daulat Beg Oldie. The Chinese had a serious objection to the construction of a bridge across the Galwan river into the Aksai Chin area. The area held strategic importance to India as well as China as it dominated the road from Leh to Daulat Beg Oldie an airstrip of great military significance to India. on 26 June 2020, Lance Naik Saleem Khan was part of the team involved in combat engineering task over Shyok river on DS-DBO road.
Lance Naik Saleem Khan along with his comrades were in a boat and were trying to place safety ropes across the Shyok river as part of the combat task. As the operation was underway, the boat capsized giving no reaction time to Lance Naik Saleem Khan. He was rescued and taken to the nearby medical facility but he could not be revived. Lance Naik Saleem Khan was a gallant and committed soldier who laid down his life in the line of his duty. Lance Naik Saleem Khan was given the gallantry award, “Sena Medal” on 26 Jan 2021 for his courage, camaraderie, devotion to duty and supreme sacrifice.
Lance Naik Saleem Khan is survived by his mother Smt Nasima Begum, brother Niyamat Ali and sister Sultana.