Colonel Ashutosh Sharma was martyred in a counter-insurgency operation in Kashmir’s Handwara.
Colonel Ashutosh Sharma, SM & Bar was an Indian Army officer. He was the commanding officer of the 21st battalion, Rashtriya Rifles. On 2 May 2020, he was martyred in action in an encounter in Handwara in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. He was awarded the Sena Medal for gallantry twice, the bar to the Sena Medal being awarded a few months before his death.
Sharma was born in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh to Shambhu Dutt Pathak, a soil conservation officer, and Sudha Sharma. He completed his schooling and graduation in Bulandshahr and attended the DAV Inter College. Sharma wanted to join the Indian Army from a young age and attempted to join for over six years.
Sharma graduated from OTA, Chennai, and was commissioned into the 19th battalion, Brigade of the Guards on 1 September 2001. In his two decades of service in the Army, he was a part of multiple successful counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir.
On 2 May 2020, intelligence inputs were received indicating the presence of terrorists inside a house in the Changimulla village near Handwara. The civilians were held, hostage. Sharma launched a Cordon and search operation with the J&K police. The civilians were rescued and the team came under heavy fire. The communication links with the team were lost. After an 18-hour operation, the two terrorists were killed. Apart from Sharma, Major Anuj Sood, Naik Rajesh, Lance Naik Dinesh, and Sub Inspector of Police Shakeel Ahmed Qazi were martyred in the encounter. Sharma was the first Commanding Officer in the last five years to have lost his life in an encounter.
Major Anuj Sood was martyred in a counter insurgency operation in Kashmir’s Handwara.
Major Anuj Sood was martyred in a counter-insurgency operation in Kashmir’s Handwara. His friends and family remember him fondly, saying that it was his childhood dream to join the army.
Friends and classmates fondly remember Major Sood, who was passionate about the army since he was a child. “He was always very clear that he wanted to join the army. Major Sood passed out from Punjab Public School, Nabha, also his father’s alumni, in 2008. Soon after he joined the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla to no one’s surprise.
Sood spoke about his dream passionately. “‘One thing missing from my life… my NDA joining letter in my hands!! (Not far off). I dream of becoming an army officer,” he wrote in Chadha’s diary.
Friends were convinced that he [Major Sood] was already half a fauji in school. “We used to tease him in school by calling him a ‘fauji’,” his childhood friend Raghav Verma remembers.
Subedar Satnam Singh who is one of the martyrs of the Galwan Valley clashes between India and China.
Naib Subedar Satnam Singh who is one of the martyrs of the Galwan Valley clashes between India and China. The first to join the Army from his family, Naib Subedar Satnam Singh inspired his younger brother to follow suit, who also serves as a Naib Subedar. 41-year-old Naib Subedar Satnam Singh was from Punjab's Gurdaspur.
As a Gurdaspur police vehicle rolled into Naib Subedar Satnam Singh's house in his Bhojraj village house, no one knew what happened in Galwan Valley. They were worried as the family had not been in contact with Naib Subedar Satnam Singh for three days. They had heard about the tension but nothing had prepared them for what the police were about to inform them.
Sepoy Aman Kumar who is one of the martyrs of the Galwan clashes between India and China.
Aman Kumar was a native of Sultanpur village in Mohiuddin Nagar in Bihar's Samastipur district. He was one of the 20 soldiers of the Indian Army who lost their lives in the violent face-off that took place between Indian troops and soldiers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Galwan Valley on the night of June 15.
Aman Kumar is survived by wife Minu Devi, father Sudhir Kumar Singh, mother Renu Devi, two brothers and a sister. Aman's elder brother works in a private firm in Delhi and the eldest sister is in the Bihar Police. His younger brother stays with his parents.
Family members revealed that Aman joined the Indian army in 2014 and was inducted into the 16 Bihar regiment. He got married in February 2019 and was posted in Leh-Ladakh region in February of this year. Aman came home for eight days before taking up his new posting in Leh-Ladakh, revealed his grieving father.