Service No : 18014108X

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 SM

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.

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  • Sakshi

    2021at12:31 pm Reply

    Thank you for your selfless duty, bravery and courage . Thank you for serving our country, you are a great inspiration for many people. Your sacrifices will never be forgotten.
    Jai Hind

  • Kriti Vishwakarma

    2021at7:17 pm Reply

    Dear Soldier

    We are grateful to have you born on our soil. We respect your bravery, endurance and the incomparable sacrifice. These words are too less to express the proud feeling we are experiencing right now. You gave your life for the country, and we will ensure that the integrity of your sacrifice remains intact. We will all contribute our part in protecting and nourishing our country. Thanks to your family for encouraging and supporting you throughout your service to the nation.

    Jai Hind

  • Surabhi Kumthakar

    2021at9:39 am Reply

    Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it, it flies with the last breath of each solider who died protecting it! Salute to Lance Naik Saleem Khan SM for his selfless service and we shall be forever indebted. Jai Hind!

  • Ankita Kirti

    2021at10:13 am Reply

    Salute you all. It”s only because of people like you that the country is still confident and safe. May your soul be taken care by the almighty. And much respect to the families who go through the pain of losing their family member for the protection of the country.

  • Sarvesh Kumar Tiwari

    2021at9:13 am Reply

    A big salute to you and your family. You are the real hero and pride of India. While we are mourning the loss of our national hero, I salute your courage in this hour of grief.My prayers are with your family.
    Jai Hind !

  • Chaitanya Vasudev Naik

    2021at11:40 pm Reply

    We thank you for serving for our country and are intended forever… Salute you for your courage….Jai Hind

  • Dushyant Bharat Karani

    2021at7:44 am Reply

    Thank you for everything. Your service and duty.

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