Service No : IC-46703
Date of Birth : 01 Oct 1964
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 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).
Col KMS Rana and All Ranks of 17 PARA FD REGT (8 RAJPUT ) (In 2015)