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 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.
Azher Khan2021at5:43 pm
Giving a life for the country is the greatest act of patriotism and your valour is evident from what you gave up brother. People of our country and the generations to come shall remain indebted to you and your family forever! Jai Hind
Salute to such a valíant warrior..thanks to the family for dedicating so
many People to serve the country
Balamurali G2021at5:42 pm
Dear Family Members of Lance Naik Saleem Khan SM
We would not be living the way we do now if it weren’t for the brave man who sacrificed his life for our freedom and safety. He brought fame, honour and respect to our beloved motherland. Be it any weather, he protected us. He was an ordinary person who faced extraordinary circumstances and acted with courage, honour and self-sacrifice. He is a true patriot. We are proud to have such a brave man. We will miss him dearly.
Ayush Fomra2021at5:48 pm
Dear veteran, thank you for protecting our country. We are very glad. We thank you for fighting for us and whole country will miss you.
Thank you for your dedication. For your service. For your sacrifice. Your hard work and long hours and time away from family is difficult. But you are appreciated. Our country needs more soldiers like you!”
Dear Beloved soldier brother
You Go and you come
You Go and you come home
When family wants you @ home during festives you used to stood for nation on duties
Leaving memories at home
We pride and thankful for service and sacrifices
Which made us protect and leave with peace
We value and salute your family for their sacrifice of you for nation
Ramesh kushwah2021at10:09 am
Your service and sacrifices will never be forgotten. Your hard work and accomplishments will always bring us pride. A big thanks to Indian soldiers.”
Sumit kumar2021at10:16 am
I don’t have words like you real heroes,
Bcoz of you I are feel safe and secure ,
Thanks from bottom of my heart,
MD SAYEED FAROOQUI2021at10:17 am
Freedom Fighters fought for the freedom of the country. Because of them, we are celebrating Independence Day. They are revolutionary and some of them use non-violence as the weapon against the Britishers. India got independence on 15th August 1947 due to the struggle of our freedom fighters to make it independent. They devoted everything to the progress of their nation.
Anantha Rao Sanapathi.2021at10:01 am
Dear Brave Family Members..
First of all Happy Freedom Day to all in advance….
I would like to say a Sorry and a Thank you.
Sorry for the lost we Had.. He may not be with us now. But, He will be there forever in our hearts.
Thanks, you gave us a brave heart. Everyday we live was torn and brought from his dairy.
There are no words to convey our gratitude.
There is no honour to replace your sacrifice.
Chin Up.. We are proud of him..
Stay strong, we are with you.
Diksha sharma2021at2:02 pm
” Freedom is never free” and you have paid for our freedom. We cannot pay debt of your sacrifice our words can never pay for your sacrifice.
Salute to brave soldier