Service No: IC-59066N
Date of Birth : Jan 13, 1978
Birth Place : Rohtak, Haryana
Last Rank: Major
Unit : 1 Para (Special Forces)
Arm/Regt: The Parachute Regiment
Award : Ashok Chakra, Sena Medal
Date of Martyrdom : Mar 21, 2009
Maj Mohit started his education from Manav Sthali School, South Extension Delhi, after which he took admission in Holy Angels’ School, Sahibabad for a year and from where he took admission in DPS Ghaziabad in the year 1988 and passed out from the school in the year 1995. He got good percentage in class XII and his parents got him admitted to Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj College of Engineering, Shegaon, Maharashtra. Despite taking admission in an engineering college he had a passion to join the forces and for which he was determined and left engineering to join the prestigious NDA in the year 1995.
During his NDA tenure, where he was a member of the India Squadron, he excelled in various fields and emerged as one of the best cadets. He was a champion Horse Rider, trained under the able guidance of Col. Bhawani Singh, with his favorite horse named “Indira”. He was a Boxing champion in the featherweight category as well as one of the best swimmers. He continued his hunger for excellence into the IMA, where he was awarded an appointment of the rank of BCA (battalion cadet adjutant) and was among the chosen ones to get an opportunity to meet Shri K.R Narayanan then the President of India at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
He passed out from IMA on 11th December 1999 and got commissioned in 5 Madras. His first posting was at Hyderabad from where he went on to serve the country with 38 RR (Rashtriya Rifles) in Kashmir as the part of counterinsurgency operation where he received his first medal for Gallantry COASM ( Chief of Army Staff Commendation Medal) in the year 2002. From the very beginning, he wanted to be a para-commando and joined 1 PARA (SF) -the elite force of the Indian Army in June 2003. After that, he served in Kashmir with 1 Para (SF) where he was awarded Sena Medal (Gallantry) in the year 2004. He also served as an instructor at the Commando Wing Belgaum for 2 years from January 2005 to December 2006.
Kupwara Operation: 21st March 2009
During 2009, Maj Mohit Sharma’s unit was deployed in Kupwara district of J & K and was engaged in operations against the terrorists on a frequent basis. Based on the information received from the intelligence about the infiltration attempt by some terrorists in Kupwara district, the security forces decided to launch a search and destroy operation on 21 Mar 2009. Maj Mohit Sharma was tasked to lead the Bravo Assault Team against the infiltrating terrorists in dense Haphruda Forest. Maj Mohit Sharma along with his commandos reached the suspected area as planned and soon made contact with the infiltrators. On observing suspicious movement, he alerted his scouts but the terrorists fired at the troops from three directions indiscriminately. In the heavy exchange of fire, four commandos got wounded and with complete disregard to his personal safety, Maj Mohit Sharma crawled and recovered two soldiers to safety.
Unnerved Maj Mohit Sharma continuing the operation threw grenades and managed to kill two terrorists. However during the exchange of fire Maj Mohit got hit in the chest. Despite seriously wounded he kept directing his commandos, to foil the attempt of the terrorists to escape. In the ensuing battle he realized further danger to his comrades, and in a rare display of raw courage and determination charged at the terrorists, killing two of them in the close combat. Later he succumbed to his injuries and attained martyrdom fighting for his motherland in the finest traditions of Indian Army. Maj Mohit Sharma was given the nation’s highest peace time gallantry award, “Ashok Chakra” for his act of conspicuous gallantry, unyielding fighting spirit and supreme sacrifice.
Maj Mohit Sharma is survived by his wife Maj Rishima Sharma, who is an Army officer and continuing his legacy of service to the nation.
The citation for the Ashok Chakra, awarded to him reads:
Major Mohit Sharma, SM was leading Bravo Assault Team in operations in Kupwara District of North Kashmir. A valiant warrior, he excelled in the art of fighting guerrillas in jungle terrain having earlier spent four years in Jammu & Kashmir. On 21 March 2009, after receiving information of presence of some infiltrating terrorists in dense Haphruda Forest, he planned meticulously and led his commandos in tracking them. On observing suspicious movement, he alerted his scouts but terrorists fired from three directions indiscriminately. In the heavy exchange of fire, four commandos were wounded immediately. With complete disregard to his safety, he crawled and recovered two soldiers to safety. Unmindful of the overwhelming fire, he threw grenades and killed two terrorists but was shot in the chest. In the brief respite that followed, he kept directing his commandos, in spite of serious injuries. Sensing further danger to his comrades, he charged in a daring close quarter combat killing two more terrorists and attained martyrdom fighting for his motherland in the finest traditions of Indian Army.
For this act of conspicuous gallantry, inspiring leadership and exceptional courage far beyond the call of duty, Major Mohit Sharma, SM was awarded ‘Ashok Chakra’ (Posthumous) on 15 Aug 09.
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