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Royal General passes away

THE THIRTEENTH Army Commander of Central Command Lt Gen Sami Khan (retired) passed away following a cardiac arrest on Monday. He was 75.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 00:19 IST

THE THIRTEENTH Army Commander of Central Command Lt Gen Sami Khan (retired) passed away following a cardiac arrest on Monday.

He was 75.

A scion of the royal family of Rampur, the General joined the Army on January 10, 1951 and was commissioned into the 4th Battalion the Madras Regiment. He had an illustrious career spanning 38 years during which he held several prestigious staff and instructional positions.

Brig A M Khan (retired), a cousin of the General, was first commissioned in the 7th IMA Corps and from there he went to the 4 Madras Regiment. Thereafter, he went with the battalion in 1961 to 1962 to Congo in the United Nations Peace Keeping Force, where did an outstanding job as a Major and was awarded the Sena Medal. After his return, Gen Sami Khan graduated from the prestigious DSSC following which he became the Deputy Assistant Quarter Master General of the 69 Brigade in Chaubatiya (now in Uttaranchal). In 1965, he joined the 4th Madras Regiment in the Operational Theatre – Maharajke (near Sialkot). After this, Gen Sami Khan joined the battalion as a second in command to Dharchula, and took over the battalion in 1967. Thereafter, the General took the battalion to Trivandrum and left for an instructor’s job in the Central Command (Lucknow) as the GSO 1 (Ops) Air.

After spending two-and-a-half to three years in the job, he was posted as a full colonel and instructor to the Infantry School Mhow (near Indore in Madhya Pradesh).

He took over the brigade as a Brigadier somewhere in Jammu and Kashmir, from where he was given the task of an instructor Higher Command Wing’ at the college of Combat Mhow from where he picked up his rank as a Major General and commanded a division in Arunachal Pradesh. And before taking over as the 13th Army Commander of the Central Command in 1987, Gen Sam had a stint in the NDA School Khadakvasla as Commandant, and also commanded a corps in Jammu and Kashmir.

Brigadier Khan remembered General Sami Khan as one of the most loved officers in the army, and had cheerfully graced gatherings. An ex-Sherwoodian, he joined the NDA soon after passing out from the prestigious Scindia School in Gwalior. Gen Khan was a sportsman par excellence. He enojoyed playing squash and basketball.

First Published: Apr 11, 2006 00:19 IST