Service No : 2682993

Date of Birth : May 6, 1972

Place of birth : Hardoi Dist(UP)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Naik

Unit : 22 Grenadiers

Arm/Regt : The Grenadiers

Operation : Op Vijay ( Kargil )

Awards : Sena Medal

Martyrdom : 1999

Naik Abid Khan SM

Naik Abid Khan hailed from Pali village in the Hardoi district of Uttar Pradesh and was born on 06th May 1972. Son of Shri Ghaffar Khan and Smt Natthan Begum, Nk Abid Khan joined the army after completing his initial education on 5th Feb 1988 at the age of 17 years. He was inducted into 22 Grenadiers Battalion of the Grenadiers Regiment, an infantry Regiment known for its valiant soldiers and various battle honours.


After serving for some time, he got married to Ms Firdaus Begum hailing from Uttar Pradesh. In 1995, Nk Abid Khan was awarded the gallantry award, "Sena Medal" while serving in the trouble torn Kasmir valley. He displayed commendable courage and bravery during an encounter with the terrorists and rached his post safely.  By the year 1999, he had put in around 11 years of service and had been promoted to the rank of Naik. 


Khalubar Operation (Op Vijay): 01-03 July 1999


During June-July 1999, Naik Abid Khan's unit was deployed in the Batalik sector of Ladakh and was part of "Operation Vijay". The unit was functioning under the command of the 70 Infantry Brigade with the overall control being with the 3 Infantry Division. By early May 1999, Pakistani forces had intruded well across the LOC, in the Mushkoh, Dras, Kaksar, and Batalik sectors. The extent of penetration across the LOC varied from 4 to 8 km in each sector. The intrusions in Batalik -Yaldor area were first detected in the first week of May 1999. In many vital points, neither artillery nor air power could dislodge the enemy forces, who were not in visible range. On discerning the layout of ground and enemy intrusions, it was decided to first drive a wedge in the enemy intrusion area by opening a corridor to the LOC through the Junk Lungpa and thereafter tackle each area piecemeal. This task was given to 12 JAK LI along with 10 Para(SF) and a company of Ladakh Scouts and was completed by 03 June 1999. However, the enemy continued to occupy the ridges to the West, East, and North. Having secured the corridor through the Junk Langpa, it was decided to capture the other ridges one by one. The enemy's main intrusions and defences were on the Khalubar-Padma Go Ridgeline. Naik Abid Khan's unit 22 Grenadiers was tasked to launch an assault operation in this area.


Khalubar-Padma Go Ridge comprised the features of Pt 4812, Khalubar, Pt 5287, Pt 5000and Stangba. 70 Infantry Brigade decided to use the elements of 22 Grenadiers, 12 JAK LI, 1/11 GR, and Ladakh Scouts to capture these features. The troops of 22 Grenadiers were tasked to capture Khalubar and Pt 5287 complex. These were the most formidable defences of the enemy and were very challenging to capture. The attack commenced on the night of 30 June/01 July. Naik Abid Khan and his comrades led by Major Ajit Singh Shekhawat, managed to reach the objective but were counter-attacked by the enemy resulting in fierce fighting. Heavily outnumbered, the Grenadiers fought continuously for three nights inching forward, unmindful of the numerous losses. Pakistanis became impatient over the Naik Abid Khan and his comrades' resilience and asked their artillery to redouble the barrage. The fighting continued at an elevation of thousands of feet, amidst heavily fortified bunkers equipped with artillery and automatic weapons.


However, during the exchange of fire, Naik Abid Khan got shot in the neck and was severely injured. He soon succumbed to his injuries and was martyred on 03 July 1999. The troops of 1/11 GR too joined the battle of Khalubar later and eventually, it was captured. Naik Abid Khan and the other soldiers of 22 Grenadiers played a significant role in this battle for the capture of Khalubar and Pt 5287 complex. Besides Naik Abid Khan, the other martyred brave hearts of 22 Grenadiers during the operation included CQMH Amruddin, Hav Raj Kumar, Hav Lekh Ram, Nk Niraj Kumar, Nk Ahmed Ali Mewati, Nk Riasat Ali, Gdr Zakir Husain, Gdr Rijzwan Tyagi, Gdr Zubair Ahmad, Gdr Hasan Muhammad, Gdr Arvindra Singh, Gdr Hassan Ali Khan, Gdr JP Singh Yadav and Gdr MI Khan. Naik Abid Khan was a brave and dedicated soldier, who laid down his life at the age of 27 years in the line of his duty.  


Naik Abid Khan is survived by his father Shri Ghaffar Khan, mother Smt Natthan Begum and wife Smt Firdaus Begum.

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