Hoshiarpur, Punjab Province, British India
|Died||7 August 1958
Lakshmipur District, East Pakistan
|Allegiance|| British India
|Service/branch|| British Indian Army
|Years of service||1943–1958|
|Unit||16th Punjab Regiment
East Pakistan Rifles
|Battles/wars||Indo-Pakistani War of 1947
Pre–Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 border skirmish
In 1958, Major Tufail Muhammed was posted to East Pakistan as company commander of a battalion of East Pakistan Rifles (a paramilitary force for border security). During his command, Indian troops violating international borders captured a village in the area of Laskhmipur of East Pakistan. On 7 August 1958 Major Tufail launched an assault, to force withdrawal of Indian troops from the village. He divided his men into three groups and attacked the Indian troops during the hours of darkness. The groups were able to reach the enemy without being detected but as the firefight started, the group came under heavy fire and Major Tufail received three bullets in his stomach. Despite being shot in stomach, he kept moving and was able to silence the incoming fire from machine gun. By tactically using grenades, Major Tufail was able to destroy key enemy posts. When he saw an enemy commander inflicting heavy casualties to his men he crawled towards enemy posting and engaged the enemy in hand-to-hand battle which resulted in the killing of a commander of the Indian Army. He killed him by hitting him with his steel helmet on the face. He continued the operation with his men which resulted in the withdrawal of Indian forces. Despite being heavily injured, he called his junior officer “I have completed my duty; the enemy is on the run.” He was rushed to hospital but died the same day.
Awards and decorations
Major Tufail belonges to a Gujjar family.
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