Service No : SS-42132
Date of Birth : 3rd July 1983
Service : Army
Last Rank : Captain
Unit : SIGS, 42RR
Award : KC
Date of Martyrdom : March 04, 2010
Captain Deepak Sharma hailed from Haryana and was born on 3rd July 1983. He was the only son of Naresh Kumar Sharma and Indu Sharma of Rohtak. He was commissioned in the Corps of Signals of the Indian Army. He had declined a cushy job in his home town and had followed his childhood dream to join the Indian Army. He often used to say “Serving our nation is a matter of pride.”. He attained martyrdom while he was posted to 42 Rashtriya Rifles, in Jammu and Kashmir.
Encounter with Hizbul Mujahideen militants : 04 March 2010
The Pulwama district of South Kashmir has been the hotbed for local as well as Pakistani militants who are incessently seeking the opportunity to destabilise the peace in that area. The Armed Forces are always on alert in the area to counter the infiltration attempts. There are various operations launched by the forces to flush out the terrorists to maintain peace. On 4th March 2010, on specific information, Captain Deepak Sharma and his troops were tasked to clear a house where terrorists belonging to the Hizbul Mujahedeen group were hiding in a house, in Dadsara Village of Pulwama Ditrict. The house was in a densely populated area and in close proximity of a mosque, therefore the operation had to be carried out with precision to minimise the collateral damage. Captain Deepak Sharma, with extreme courage and focused objective, entered the house, along with his buddy, through a window by tossing hand grenades. He fired and killed one terrorist hidden in the first room at point blank. Then he bravely crawled to the next room undeterred by the heavy fire and volley of bullets raining at him by the militants. On spotting two militants hidden under a staircase, disregarding his own safety, he attacked them and killed them on the spot. Unfortunately, in the firefight, he also sustained a bullet injury on his neck, to which he later succumbed.
Captain Deepak Sharma’s valiant act will always be remembered as an act of exemplary leadership and focused determination while facing life threatening situation for the motherland.
26 year old, Captain Deepak Sharma was the only son of his parents, father Naresh Kumar Sharma and mother Indu Sharma. On his funeral, his father recalled “I told him you won’t earn any money by joining Army, but he was obstinate, he said it was a matter of pride.” Mr Naresh also recalled, “My son never let us know that he was working in dangerous conditions. He would always say everything is peaceful… he did not want us to worry. Sometimes, he would answer the phone only to say he was very busy. Those were the times that worried me most because I felt he was in danger”.
Captain Deepak Sharma was engaged to Captain Manju, who was undergoing training at Jabalpur, just 20 days before he attained martyrdom. They were to be married shortly in November 2010. But the unfortunate death of the officer left a great void in the family forever.
A Poem dedicated to Capt. Deepak Sharma by his friend Nirmesh Dahiya
“tere barey mein likhney ka to bahana bhar hai….
tujhe yuun dekh key , dil ko smjhana bhar hai….
teri maujudgiiii ka teri ye muskaaan ishaara bhar hai…
dil to sach mein tujhe karta hai galey laganey ka….
yuun tasveer ko dekh lena bhai, uska ehsaaaaaas bhar hai….
is ehsaaas ke bhee hum karz daar hain tere…
iss muskaan pe bheee huum nissar hain tere….
teri shaaadat fula deti hai sina sabka..
teri sher dili pe faqr hai sabko..
wo baat jo dil se nikal aati thee labon tak…”
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