Service No : IC-46703

Date of Birth : 01 Oct 1964

Service: Army

Last Rank: Major

Unit : 17 Para Fd Reg

Arm/Regt : The Regt of Artillery

Award : SC

Date of Martyrdom :Jul 03, 2001

Major Samir Ul Islam SC

Major Samir ul Islam was born on 1 Oct 1964. Son of Mr Zameer Ul Islam and Mrs Zakia, Maj Samir was the youngest of their three children. His father was Chief-Engineer of irrigation department in UP and the family lived in Gomti Nagar, Lucknow. He got married to Fauzia and had a son and a daughter.


Assam Encounter: 03 July 2001


In July 2001, Maj Samir was serving with 17 Para Field Regiment deployed in the northeast. On 03 July 2001, the unit had received specific information about the presence of militants in their area of operation. 35-year-old Major Samir was tasked to lead the operation against the ultras who were hiding in a house in Halflong area in Cachar district of Assam.


Maj Samir, leading from the front, took charge of the operation and cordoned off the area to engage them.  A fierce gun-battle followed which confirmed the presence of ultras. During the exchange of fire, Maj Samir received gunshot injuries in chest, shoulder and stomach but managed to kill three ultras before collapsing due to heavy bleeding and injury. He was rushed to the nearest army hospital but could not survive and succumbed to his injuries.


Major Samirul Islam was given the gallantry award,  “Shaurya Chakra” for displaying outstanding bravery and supreme sacrifice in the best traditions of the army.


Maj Samir Ul Islam is is survived by his mother Mrs Zakia, brother Daniyal, sister Shaheen, wife Fauzia, son Yusuf and daughter Seher.

The Citation for Shaurya Chakra;

On Jul 3 2001, IC 46703 Major Samir Ul Islam of 17 Para fd Reg Major Samir had received information that ultras were hiding in a house in Halflong area In Cachar distt. Maj Samir, as battery commander, led his men and cordoned off the area and in the ensuing gun battle with the ultras made the supreme sacrifice and raised the head of his family, community and country with pride. He received gun shot injuries in chest, shoulder and stomach but managed to kill three ultras before collapsing due to heavy bleeding and injury. He was rushed to the nearest army hospital but was declared ‘brought dead’. Major Samirul Islam made the supreme sacrifice while fighting ultras in North East on 3 July 2001.

For his bravery and supreme sacrifice he was awarded Shourya Chakra (posthumously).

  • Fourteen years have passed since you made the supreme sacrifice in highest traditions of INDIAN ARMY combating insurgents in Cachar, Assam. You continue to be a source of inspiration for all of us.

Col KMS Rana and All Ranks of 17 PARA FD REGT (8 RAJPUT ) (In 2015)

  • His body was covered in the tricolour and was escorted by army officers and jawans of the 24th battalion of Punjab regiment and 17th Para Field Regiment . After funeral prayers the last post was sounded and a volley of 21 gunshots were fired as a salute to the brave son of the country.
  • A Tribute by his brother:
Major Samir was so dear,
Even after sixteen years, he is still near.
He laid his life for India with loyalty,
Reminding all, of our morality.
Most men are mortal, but he is not,
With his Shaurya Chakra, he’s in our thoughts.
Terrorism and extremism are like a flood,
He tried to smash them with his blood.
So proud to be his brother!
Long live 17 Paras and Artillery Regiment!
Daniyal Islam
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  • Syed Mohd Amir - Allahabad,Uttar Pradesh

    2018 at 1:55 am Reply

    Sameer was my classmate in St Joseph college Allahabad he was soft spoken gentle humorous and very loving we were very close in school and since he stayed just opposite Patrica ground which was close to my house I used to visit him occasionally and I had some great time with him .
    I was shocked to hear about his departure for his heavenly journey may Allah Subhano taala grant his soul highest place in jannah .
    Sameer u lived a life as u wanted hope to meet u in jannah …. Ameen

  • Commodore Saleem M Anwer, VSM (Retd) - Central Delhi,Delhi

    2018 at 4:38 pm Reply

    Samirul, as we called him, was a classmate and my buddy for many years during our school days at Allahabad. He was witty, full of life and great company.

    Years later, after I had joined the Indian Navy, I met him at Chennai while he was undergoing training at OTS (now OTA). He had taken a somewhat late call to join the Indian Army. And what a call it was! Busy discharging our duties, we lost touch with each other. It was only years after he made the supreme sacrifice for the country that I learnt of it. The acute sadness and pain at the loss of a close childhood friend was surpassed only by great pride and awe that I felt on learning of the manner in which he discharged his ultimate duty to the nation.

    For an individual who was never short of a tale or two, Samirul scripted the final chapter of his life in the most exemplary manner!

    May you find eternal peace in Heaven, my friend. I am certain you are keeping the angels regaled as you narrate another tale with that peaceful smile that is forever etched in our minds.

    Miss you, Samirul….

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