Place of Birth: Dist-Jammu
Last Rank : Rifleman
Unit : 8 JAK Rif
Arm/Regt: The J & K Rifles
Operation : CI & IS Ops
Date of Martyrdom: 01 Oct 2020
Rifleman Shubham Sharma hailed from Shakhian Chak village in Satraiyan tehsil of Jammu district in J&K and was born in the year 1998. Son of Shri Vijay Kumar, Rfn Shubham Sharma joined the Army after completing his school education at the age of 18 years on 17 Sep 2016. He was recruited into 8 JAK Rif battalion of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment, an infantry Regiment known for its brave soldiers and rich history of various battle honours.
Cross-Border Firing (Nowgam Sector): 01 Oct 2020
During Sep-Oct 2020, Rfn Shubham Sharma’s unit was deployed in Kupwara district of J&K. The unit troops were manning the forward posts in the Nowgam sector along the LOC. The LOC remained highly active and volatile with ceasefire violations occurring very often and without any warning. The year 2019 witnessed the highest number of ceasefire violations — 3289 — by Pakistani troops since 2003. Similarly the year 2020 too continued with ceasefire violations and the number exceeded 1400 by Sep 2020. In yet another case of ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops opened unprovoked fire in Nowgam sector along the LOC on 01 Oct 2020.
On 01 Oct 2020, in the morning Pakistan Army troops initiated unprovoked firing on Indian posts from across the border in Nowgam Sector of Kupwara district. During that period, Rfn Shubham Sharma was manning one of the forward posts along the Line of Control in the Nowgam sector. The Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire and resorted to heavy cross border firing using small arms, mortars and field guns. Indian army responded in a befitting manner to the Pakistani aggression and consequently, a heavy exchange of fire ensued thereafter, which continued intermittently for several hours. However, during this heavy exchange of fire, Hav Kuldeep Singh, Rfn Shubham Sharma and four other soldiers got severely injured. They were evacuated and shifted to the Army medical facility for medical treatment. However Hav Kuldeep Singh and Rfn Shubham Sharma later succumbed to their injuries and were martyred. Rfn Shubham Sharma was a brave and dedicated soldier, who laid down his life at the age of 22 years in the line of his duty.
Rifleman Shubham Sharma is survived by his parents and younger brother.
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