Service No : 15465393P
Date of Birth : December 17, 1974
Place of birth : Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Service : Army
Last Rank : Sowar
Arm/Regt : The Armoured Corps
Operation : Op Rakshak
Martyrdom : October 6, 1998
Machhal Sector Operation(J&K) : 06 Oct 1998
During Oct 1998, Sowar SIK Abdul’s unit 22 RR battalion was deployed in Kupwara district of J & K. It was engaged in operations against the terrorists on a regular basis as part of "Operation Rakshak". The AOR(Area of Responsibility) of the unit fell into the region affected with active militancy and it demanded a state of 'high alert' at all times on the part of the troops. Sowar Abdul in a short span of time honed his field craft skills and became part of many counter-insurgency operations. Based on the information from the intelligence sources, the security forces decided to launch an operation on 06 Oct 1998 against the militants in Machhal sector in Kupwara district of J&K. Sowar SIK Abdul was made part of the team that was assigned the task of undertaking this operation.
Sowar SIK Abdul and his comrades reached the suspected area in Macchal sector and launched the search and cordon operation in the morning of 06 Oct 1998. The troops soon made contact with the militants, who fired at them on being challenged. It triggered a gun battle with heavy exchange of fire from both sides. However during the exchange of fire Sowar SIK Abdul received gun shots and got seriously injured. He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Sowar SIK Abdul was a brave and dedicated soldier, who made the supreme sacrifice at the age of 23 years in the service of the nation.
Sowar Shaikh Ismail Kamal Abdul is survived by his wife Smt Shaheen Banu and daughter Nasreen.