Service No: IC-40788

Service: Army

Last Rank : Major

Unit : 168 Fd Regt

Arm/Regt : The Regiment of Artillery

Award : Kirti Chakra

Date of Martyrdom: Nov 09, 1997

Major Braj Kishore Sharma KC

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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5 Tributes
  • Deepali Sharma - Central Delhi,Delhi

    2018 at 1:52 pm Reply

    Dear papa,

    We miss you.
    Even though I was too tiny to have any real memories, I have a vivid image of you in my head. A dashing personality with a smile across your face.
    I always ask mom if I have any resemblance to you. She tells me that I have hands like you 🙂
    I hope that someday I become a person like you.

    You left a protective blanket on our family and you made us forever proud.
    When someone asks who my father is, I hold my head high and tell your story with utmost pride. You will always command respect for your deeds.
    I wish you were here to share my life but you taught me courage even when you were not around. Every time I face/d any hardship, I remind myself that I am the daughter of a brave man like you. The feeling in itself is enough to give me strength and courage to get through a difficult time.

    You will forever remain my hero and my inspiration.
    May you rest in peace and keep guiding us.

    From,
    A Proud Daughter

    • Harsh Choubey - Bangalore Urban,Karnataka

      2018 at 7:23 pm

      Your Dad is an inspiration and a hero for all.

  • Geetika Chauhan - Central Delhi,Delhi

    2018 at 8:32 pm Reply

    I have heard complete reverence and absolute love from your family… and their absolute strength. We know you’re watching, taking pride in where each of your daughters has reached today. Its an honor to finally be familiar with your story.. ! Respect.

  • Akshay Kumar - Munger (Monghyr),Bihar

    2018 at 9:06 pm Reply

    Dear bade papa
    We miss u a lot!
    Even though I was not born at that time but still I have glimpse of your heroic image in my mind as set by the stories of your heroic deeds and dazzling personality that I listened from my elders.
    Just memorising that cute,dimpled& smiling face of yours helps me to overcome from any troubling situation.You are my all time ideal & hero and following the path shown by you I just wanna become like you.You are an inspiration for all of us.
    May your soul rest in peace and keep guiding us .

    From
    Akshay
    Love u bade papa!!

  • S Rama Krishna - Anantapur,Andhra Pradesh

    2018 at 9:54 pm Reply

    Salute to Major Braj Kishore Sharma, a symbol of Bravery

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