We salute your sacrifice, Col Sharma!

The Handwara martyr laid to rest in a Jaipur crematorium

Chief minister Ashok Gehlot paid homage to the Handwara martyr Colonel Ashutosh Sharma at Jaipur military station on Tuesday. The mortal remains of the officer was placed at the grounds of 61 Cavalry for last respects.

The CM offered condolences to wive, daughter and brother of Col Sharma and touched the feet of his mother to show his respect. He said the state was proud of the colonel’s sacrifice.

Army commander of Sapta Shakti Command Lt Gen Alok Kler also laid wreath to offer homage to Colonel Ashutosh Sharma.

Gen Kler saluted the bravery and ultimate sacrifice made by Colonel Sharma as also by his other four comrades in arms, including Maj Anuj Sood in the cause of our great nation. He highlighted that Col Ashutosh Sharma represents every gallant soldier in operations and assured that the Indian Army will always remember the martyr and also his family in the years to come.

He also interacted with the family members of the martyr and expressed his condolences to them.

Rajasthan’s soldier welfare minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas, Jaipur Rural MP Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, revenue secretary Sandeep Verma, Jaipur district collector Joga Ram and police commission Anand Srivastava also paid their respects at the cavalry grounds.

Colonel Sharma was commissioned on September 1, 2001, into 19th Batallion, Brigade of The GUARDS. He was Commanding officer of 21 Rashtriya Rifles, deployed in the sensitive North Kashmir.

Always leading from the front, Colonel Ashutosh Sharma was recipient of two Sena Medal, the officer along with his comrades, Maj Anuj Sood, Naik Rajesh Kumar, Lance Naik Dinesh Singh and Sub Inspector Shakeel Qazi of J&K Police were martyred during fierce encounter in Handwara on the night of May 2 with Pak-sponsored terrorists.

Colonel Sharma is survived by his wife Pallavi Sharma and a 12-year-old daughter Tamanna, who reside at Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur. Martyr’s mother Sudha Sharma and brother Piyush Sharma also live in Jaipur.

After paying homage with full military honours, the last rites were performed at the Sodala cremation ground in presence of his family members and friends.

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