Handwara Encounter: With eyes soaked in tears, wife, daughter pay last respects to Col. Ashutosh Sharma
New Delhi | Jagran Trending Desk: Sunday morning came with a piece of shocking news, as 5 Army personnel were martyred during an 18-hour anti-terrorist operation in north Kashmir’s Handwara area.
One among the Army officers who sacrificed their lives for the nation was Col. Ashutosh Sharma, who hailed from the city of Jaipur. Today morning a wreath-laying ceremony was held in Jaipur, which was attended by Rajasthan's Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot along with Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and, BJP MP Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, to pay condolences to the officer for his valor and bravery.
The ceremony was conducted at the Army station of Jaipur, which was also joined by the officer's wife, mother, and daughter. Everyone's heart pounded with grief when Col. Sharma's wife and daughter bid salute to the decorated officer wrapped in tri-color, with eyes soaked in tears and courage on face.
Col. Ashutosh Sharma was the commanding officer of 21 Rashtriya Rifles which was involved in the anti-terror operation in Handwara. He was earlier awarded two gallantry medals for his courage in anti-terrorists missions. The last funeral of the officer was scheduled ahead of the wreath-laying ceremony.
A joint anti-terrorist operation was conducted by the Army, along with Jammu and Kashmir police, carried out in the Handwara area, located in the northern part of Kashmir. An official statement by the Army said that through the joint operation many civilians were rescued and 2 terrorists were killed. During the mission, five army men lost their lives for the country and its people.
The Martyrs include Major Anuj Sood, Naik Rajesh Kumar, and Lance Naik Dinesh, and Police officer Shakeel Ahmad Qazi.
Giving tribute to the five defense personnel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had wrote on Twitter, "Tributes to our courageous soldiers and security personnel martyred in Handwara. Their valor and sacrifice will never be forgotten. They served the nation with utmost dedication and worked tirelessly to protect our citizens. Condolences to their families and friends."
The incident reminds us that we are safe indoors just because many officials stand on the border daily, with heavy guns on their backs, serving the nation and its people.
Posted By: Talib Khan