Service No : G5009574H

Place of Birth: Kakching Dist(M'pur)

Service: Army

Last Rank : Rifleman

Unit : 4 Assam Rif

Arm/Regt: Assam Rifles

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Date of Martyrdom: 29 Jul 2020

Rifleman Ratan Salam

Rifleman Ratan Salam hailed from Makha Leikai village of Kakching district in Manipur. He was recruited into 4 Assam Rif battalion of Assam Rifles, the oldest paramilitary force of India with its headquarters at Shillong. During the year 2020, 4 Assam Rifles battalion was engaged in defending the Indo-Myanmar border as well as conducting counter-insurgency operations near the border.


Khongtal Ambush (Indo-Myanmar Border): 29 July 2020


During 2020, Rifleman Ratan Salam’s unit 4 Assam Rif was deployed in Chandel district along the Indo-Myanmar border. As the AOR(Area of Responsibility) of the unit was affected by militancy, the unit troops were engaged in operations against the militants on a frequent basis. The unit launched regular patrols to monitor suspicious activities as part of their operations to keep militancy under check. On July 29, 4 Assam Rif launched an area domination patrol in Khongtal in Chandel district near the Indo-Myanmar border area. The Khongtal village fell under the jurisdiction of Chakpikarong in Chandel district about 100 km from Imphal in Manipur. When the patrol team comprising 15 soldiers including Rfn Ratan Salam was returning after the operation, the suspected militants blasted IED bombs, which was followed by firing by the militants.


The Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF), the Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF), and the United Liberation Front of Asom – Independent (ULFA-I) claimed responsibility for the attack. These suspected organizations were engaged in anti-national activities and often attacked security forces. The IED blast was devastating and did not give time for the soldiers to react. Rfn Ratan Salam, Hav Pranay Kalita, and Rfn Methna Konyak got seriously injured in the blast and succumbed to their injuries. The other injured soldiers were shifted to the Army hospital for medical treatment. Rfn Ratan Salam was a brave and dedicated soldier, who laid down his life in the line of his duty.


Rifleman Ratan Salam is survived by his wife and two sons.

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  • Balaji J

    2021at11:00 am Reply

    A Big Salute to you and to your family Sir !!

    During 2020, Rifleman Ratan Salam’s unit 4 Assam Rif was deployed in Chandel district along the Indo-Myanmar border, during this operation you have done a great job.

    It is very proud moments for all the indians. you got seriously injured in the blast and succumbed to their injuries. This is so respectful and role model for all the upcoming rifleman. Injuries may be disappear but your boldness and courage never ever disappear sir. It will create fear to our enemies and showing our courage.

    Jai Hind. Bharat Matha Ki jai

  • Shradha Raikar

    2021at10:35 am Reply

    Sir a big salute to you and your family. Because you protect the nation from our enemies we can rest at our home peacefully. Your efforts and your sacrifice will never go in vain. The country is proud of you.

    Jai Hind

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