As son returns home wrapped in Tricolor, a proud mother says:’Wo to desh ka bachha tha’

Written by Divya Goyal
| Ludhiana |

Updated: June 28, 2020 10:46:14 am





Khan’s burial ceremony was held with full military honours as her mother Nasima Begum, 55, was handed over the National Flag. (Express Photo by Harmeet Sodhi)

HE WAS just seven when he lost his father, who too had retired from the Indian Army. He grew up while seeing his mother struggling to make ends meet as she would clean utensils in others’ homes, crush stones at construction sites and would do all sorts of work to raise her three children single-handedly. He joined the Indian Army in 2014, after clearing class 12, to support his family and to take forward what came to him naturally from his father: love for the country.

On Saturday, the body of Lance Naik Saleem Khan, 23, from 58 Engineers Regiment, reached his home at Mardanheri village of Patiala.

The family was told that he was in a boat and part of a team involved in engineering work near a river in Galwan valley area of Ladakh. He died as the boat capsized.

Khan’s burial ceremony was held with full military honours as her mother Nasima Begum, 55, was handed over the National Flag. Inconsolable, she embraced and kissed the Tricolour. The entire village attended the ceremony amid slogans of ‘Saleem Khan amar…

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