Everyone have a motivation behind joining the Indian Armed Forces. Colonel Ashutosh Sharma is one of those motivation personalities who sacrificed his life for the motherland. Col Sharma was an SSB Repeater who got selected for the Indian Army in his 13th attempt. He is the perfect example for youth defense aspirants who lose hope after initial rejections in the SSB Interview.
Who is Col Ashutosh Sharma?
Colonel Ashutosh Sharma was among five security forces personnel martyred during an encounter with terrorists in north Kashmir. He was the second Commanding Officer (CO) of the 21 Rashtriya Rifles who lost his life while combating terrorism.
Facts About Colonel Ashutosh Sharma
- Joining Army was the only passion of Col Ashutosh Sharma and he get into Indian Army after six-and-a-half year of hard work.
- He was selected for the Indian Army in his 13th attempt.
- Colonel Sharma hails from Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh and is survived by his wife and his 12-year-old daughter.
- Col Sharma had served in Kashmir for a long time and was twice awarded Sena medal for gallantry, including one for bravery as CO.
- He was part of several successful counter-insurgency operations in Kashmir in the past.
- He received the gallantry award as a Commanding Officer (CO) when he shot a militant (who was rushing towards his men on a road with a grenade hidden in his clothes) at close range.
- Col Ashutosh Sharma is the first CO or a Colonel rank officer in the last five years to have lost life in an encounter with militants.
- According to India Today, Col Ashutosh told his colleagues that he would nab or gun down the Lashkar-e-Taiba commander.
- According to the officials, the team came under heavy fire after rescuing the civilians and all communication link with Col Sharma and his team was snapped.
About Handwara Encounter
Indian Security forces were on the trail of a group of terrorists in the forest area of Rajwara in Jammu Kashmir’s Kupwara near Handwara. This terrorist group took shelter in a house in Changimulla, Handwara. The terrorists managed to give security forces a slip after being cornered as they used 11 civilians as human shields including five women and children.
The team of Army and J&K Police personnel entered the target area and successfully extricated the civilians. However, during the process, the team was subjected to a heavy volume of fire by the terrorists. The first information about a active terrorists group in the forest areas came in on April 28. Afterwards, searches were launched and contact was made on May 1.
In the Handwara Encounter two terrorists were gunned down but we lost our five brave men. Martyrs we lost were:
- Colonel Ashutosh Sharma
- Major Anuj Sood
- Naik Rakesh Kumar
- Lance Naik Dinesh Singh
- Sub Inspector Shakeel Qazi laid