Emotional Farewell to Lance Naik Saleem Khan, Martyred on Border With China

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Kins and villagers pay tribute near the mortal remains of martyr Lance Naik Saleem Khan who died after his boat capsized while doing rescue work in Ladakh’s Shyok river, at Mardanheri village in Patiala, Saturday, June 27, 2020. Credit: PTI

Saleem Khan had joined the Indian Army in February 2014 and had been deployed along the Line of Actual Control with China, which has lately been a hotspot between India and China

CHANDIGARH — The mortal remains of Lance Naik Saleem Khan, who offered his life in the line of duty in Ladakh, were laid to rest at his native village of Mardaheri in Punjab”s Patiala district with full military honours on Saturday. He was 24.

Joining the Indian Army in February 2014, Khan had been deployed with the Bengal Engineer Group. He became a battle casualty on June 25 while patrolling at a river close to the LAC (Line of Actual Control) in Ladakh sector, said a government release here.

Saleem Khan had joined the Indian Army in February 2014 and had been deployed along the Line of Actual Control with China.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday announced an ex gratia compensation of Rs 50 lakh, along with a government job to a family member of Khan.

“Saddened to hear about the demise of Lance Naik Saleem Khan in Ladakh. He belonged to Mardaheri village in Patiala district. My sincere condolences to his family. The nation salutes the brave soldier. Jai Hind!,” Singh said in his tweet.

Scores of people bid a tearful adieu to the soldier. Slogans of ”Saleem Khan Amar Rahe”, ”Bharat Mata Ki Jai” rent the air when his body, wrapped in the Tricolour, reached his native village.

Villagers showered flower petals on the military vehicle when the mortal remains of Khan were being brought to his native place.

Khan’s family members were inconsolable when the body arrived. They also saluted him for the last time.

He is survived by his mother, brother and a sister.

His father Mangal Deen had also served in the Army and passed away 18 years ago.

Punjab Cabinet Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot along with senior officials from the Army, police and civil administration and other political leaders paid their last respects to the soldier. –PTI

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