New Delhi: India is famous for its brave soldiers. There are a number of instances in which Muslim soldiers have shed their lives to protect the country. One such soldier was Hawaldar Abdul Hameed who was Quartermaster of the Indian Army during Indo-Pak war of 1965.
He was given the responsibility of holding the enemy in Asal Utar on 10th September 1965, when Pakistani army attacked India with Patton tanks in the Khem Karan area. Abdul Hameed moved out to a flanking position with a Recoilless Gun and mounted on a jeep under intense enemy bomb shelling and tank fire. An hour later, the Pakistani tanks had penetrated into the forward position in Indian Territory.
Abdul Hamid hearded the rumble of armour and caught sight of a few enemy tanks which were marching in the direction of his battalion. Hameed pointed his gun in their direction and started shooting. Intense enemy shelling and tank fire did not stop him.
He took an advantageous position and knocked out the enemy tank and then quickly changed his position and attacked another tank.
Later, the Pakistani soldiers spotted him and brought his jeep under concentrated machine-gun and high explosive fire. He fired continuously knocking out three Pattons one after another but at last, he was killed.
His gallant action inspired his fellow soldiers. They gave a tough to the enemy.
Hawaldar Abdul Hamid was awarded Param Vir Chakra by Indian Government for his bravery.