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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  • Azher Khan

    2021at5:43 pm Reply

    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

  • Srilalitha

    2021at1:02 am Reply

    Salute to such a valíant warrior..thanks to the family for dedicating so
    many People to serve the country

  • Balamurali G

    2021at5:42 pm Reply

    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.
    Jai Hind!!!

  • Ayush Fomra

    2021at5:48 pm Reply

    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!”

  • M.Anasuddin

    2021at10:04 am Reply

    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 kushwah

    2021at10:09 am Reply

    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 kumar

    2021at10:16 am Reply

    I don’t have words like you real heroes,
    Bcoz of you I are feel safe and secure ,
    Thanks from bottom of my heart,
    Jai Hind


    2021at10:17 am Reply

    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 Reply

    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.

    With Love…

  • Diksha sharma

    2021at2:02 pm Reply

    ” 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
    Jai hind

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