Service No: IC-40788
Last Rank : Major
Unit : 168 Fd Regt
Arm/Regt : The Regiment of Artillery
Award : Kirti Chakra
Date of Martyrdom: Nov 09, 1997
Born on 21st March 1961, Major Braj Kishore Sharma hailed from Jharkhand. He complete his schooling from Sainik School located in Tilaiya town of Koderma district in Jharkhand. His interest in the Armed Forces grew and the foundation of his military life was laid in his school. He proceeded to join the prestigious National Defense Academy at Pune and later IMA Dehradun. He was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery, one of the important combat arms of the Indian Army. He was a keen sportsman and represented his unit multiple times in long distance running , Squash and Hockey.
By 1997, Maj Braj Kishore had put in over ten years of service and had served in various operational areas with different terrain and challenging work conditions. Later he got married and the couple had two daughters. He was a dedicated soldier and a fine officer who commanded the respect of his men under him as well as peers.
Train Attack : 09 Nov 1997
During 1997, Maj Braj Kishore was serving with 168 Field Regt widely known for its stellar role in the battle of Longewala in 1971 war. The unit was deployed in Assam and was engaged in counter insurgency operations. On 09 Nov 1997 Maj Braj Kishore was returning to his unit after leave and was travelling in a train along with his family. When the train was passing through Bihar four armed robbers barged into Maj Braj Kishore’s compartment and started looting the passengers. Sensing the danger to his family members and other co-passengers Maj Braj Kishore swung into action and pounced on the robbers.
Maj Braj Kishore was a valiant and tough soldier and using his military skills he succeeded in pinning down and disarming two of the robbers. Despite being unarmed Maj Braj Kishore’s daring action thwarted the plan of the robbers and brought relief to the passengers. However in a retaliatory action, one of other accomplices maneuvered himself and shot Maj Braj Kishore in the chest. Undeterred Maj Braj Kishore continued to challenge the robbers which motivated some passengers to become belligerent. This created panic among the armed attackers who then fled by jumping out of the train. However Maj Braj Kishore later succumbed to his injuries while being taken to the hospital. Maj Braj Kishore displayed cold courage , leadership and gallantry of a very high order while dealing with a crisis situation posing threat to the lives of many innocent people.
Major Braj Kishore Sharma was given the nation’s second highest peace time gallantry award, “Kirti Chakra” for his valour, fighting spirit and self-sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Army.
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