Tributes paid to Hav Abdul Hamid on 41st martyrdom day
Asal Uttar, Punjab, Sep 9 (UNI) Civilians joined the men in uniform today to salute Param Vir Chakra awardee Company Quarter Master Havaldar Abdul Hamid on the 41th anniversary of his martyrdom at this border village, the name of which means 'befitting reply'.
It was on this day in 1965, that Pakistani forces launched a major offensive in the Khem Karan sector of Punjab, with famed Toofan Regiment, comprising of Patton tanks, launching an all out attack on the Indian positions.
Hamid of 4th Battalion of the Grenadiers Regiment was deployed at Cheema village (now Asal Uttar) as the commander of a Recoilless Gun detachment. Despite coming under intense pressure, the brave Havaldar blew up three Patton tanks of the enemy.
However, while boldly engaging the fourth tank, he was fatally wounded by an enemy shell. On September 10, this brave soldier attained martyrdom but his courage and bravery saw him conferred with the country's highest gallantry award post humously.
It was this supreme sacrifice of Hamid that halted the advance of the enemy tanks and thereafter the Indian army launched a counter offensive. The battle raged for three days and at the end, the enemy was forced to retreat, suffering heavy losses and leaving behind 73 tanks, some of which were found in working order.
To solemnize the 41st martyr anniversary, a grand ceremony was organised at the Asal Uttar Stadium, while a memorial service was held at CQMH Abdul Hamid Param Vir Chakar memorial.
Abdul Hamid's conspicuous courage, complete disregard for his personal safety and bellicose act of bravery in the face of enemy were a shining example of valour and high traditions of the Indian army. His sacrifice earned for his battalion, 4 Grenadiers, the battle honour 'Asal Uttar.' Golden Arrow Division's General Officer Commanding (GOC) Maj Gen Mahavir Singh, other military and civil dignitaries including Brigadier S S Gill, Commander Khem Karan Brigade, Tarn Taran Deputy Commissioner and several others laid wreaths at the Abdul Hamid memorial.
The ceremony concluded to the tune of ''Last Post' being sounded by the buglers and a two minutes silence for the martyr.
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