The parents of Ashok Chakra recipient, Para special forces soldier, late Major Mohit Sharma laid a wreath at the National War Memorial (NWM) in Delhi to pay their respects. Major Mohit Sharma lost his life in 2009 during an anti-terrorist operation in Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir. Major Sharma’s parents, Father Rajender Sharma and Mother Suruchi Sharma, along with bandmates from all three services, including the 95th National Defense Academy Band and the 105th Indian Military Academy Band, were present on occasion.
The late Major Mohit Sharma has achieved Veergati in Kupwara in 2009
Major Mohit Sharma served a long period of counter-terrorism operations in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. He belonged to the 1 Para Special Forces Battalion and was martyred during an operation while leading an assault team against hardline terrorists in the Kupwara area of J&K. He was awarded the highest Ashok Chakra Bravery Medal for his extraordinary act of bravery against terrorists.
‘I can be killed, but I can never be caught’: late Major Mohit Sharma
The late Major Mohit Sharma, who once said ‘I can be killed but I can never be caught’, made his remarks during an operation in which, as Iftikhar Bhatt, he s infiltrated the terrorist organization Hizbul Mujahideen and killed two fearsome terrorists belonging to the outfit, in an operation carried out in Shopian, 50 km south of Kashmir. He was able to gain the trust of the two terrorists – Abu Torara and Abu Sabzar of the Hizbul Mujahideen and convince them of his intention to attack an Indian army checkpoint to avenge the death of his brother, who was killed by the Indian Army – according to the story concocted by Major Sharma. He enlisted the duo’s help and was operating from an undisclosed location in Shopian.
The para special forces soldier also managed to disguise himself in front of the terrorists with long hair and a beard and clothes very familiar to the terrorists. Additionally, he gained confidence and became an acquaintance of the two after showing a hand-drawn map of the deployment and movement of army troops at an unidentified location to J&K. He then killed the two terrorists.
However, five years later he was martyred, succumbing to his injuries, during an operation after saving several of his colleagues, killing two terrorists.