Service No : IC-46703

Date of Birth : 01 Oct 1964

Service: Army

Last Rank: Major

Unit : 17 Para Fd Regt

Arm/Regt : The Regt of Artillery

Award : SC

Date of Martyrdom :Jul 03, 2001

Major Samir Ul Islam SC

Major Samir ul Islam hailed from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh and was born on 01 Oct 1964. Son of Shri Zameer Ul Islam and Smt 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 was commissioned into 17 Fd Regt of the Regiment of Artillery, the combat arm of Indian Army well known for its field guns, howitzers and other heavy weapons. After serving for few years, he got married to Ms Fauzia and the couple had a son Yusuf and daughter Seher.

 

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. Maj Samir Ul Islam was a valiant soldier and gritty officer who led from the front and laid down his life in the line of his duty. Maj Samir Ul Islam was given the gallantry award,  “Shaurya Chakra” for his outstanding bravery, leadership, camaraderie and supreme sacrifice during the operation.

 

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

The Citation for Shaurya Chakra awarded to him reads:

 

On Jul 3 2001, IC 46703 Major Samir Ul Islam of 17 Para fd Regt 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 Samir Ul Islam made the supreme sacrifice while fighting ultras in North East on 3 July 2001.

For his bravery and supreme sacrifice he was awarded Shaurya 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
 
  • 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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14 Comments
  • Syed Mohd Amir

    2018at1:55 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)

    2018at4:38 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….

    • Dr(Major) Fawad Khan

      2021at5:23 pm

      Indian Military is full of such stories of valour, courage and supreme sacrifice made in the line of duty. May Allah grant him Jannah and sabr to his family.

  • Asif Khan

    2021at8:33 pm Reply

    I had attended his funeral at Lucknow as he was related to me maternally, a powerful cabinet minister came to his funeral, people coaxed him to announce financial reward as he has laid down his life for the country fighting the naxalite but the Minister was simply dumb and did not utter a single word, I dont know why and that cabinet minister was next to the chief minister in the power hierarchy

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