India paid tribute to Major Ketan Sharma on June 18 in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, after he was martyred in an encounter with terrorists in the Achabal area of south Kashmir's Anantnag district a day earlier.
People from all walks of life gathered at his home-town to make their last salute to the braveheart who had laid down his life fighting the terrorists in Jammu & Kashmir.
Major Sharma was critically injured in firing exchanges between the terrorists and security forces in Bidoora village and succumbed to his injuries while being taken to a hospital. Along with him, at least two more Jawans were injured in the encounter while the forces killed one terrorist too, whose body has been recovered. The joint operation was conducted by 19 Rashtriya Rifles, Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
The 32-year-old had joined the Army’s Sikh Light Infantry as a Lieutenant in 2012 after passing out from the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. His first posting was in the city of Pune and he was transferred to Anantnag about two years ago whereby he joined 19 Rashtriya Rifles (Sikh Light Infantry) as part of the counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Army tweeted its salute for the marty. It said, “#ChinarCorpsCdr & all ranks salute the supreme sacrifice of Maj Ketan Sharma, the gallant officer, who was martyred fighting terrorists in Op #Badura (#Anantnag) & offer condolences to the bereaved family”
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Army chief General Bipin Rawat also paid tribute to Major Ketan Sharma on June 18. The Defence Minister laid a wreath on the coffin of the officer draped with the Tricolour at the technical area of the Palam airport following which the mortal remains were taken to the Major's home in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh.
Upon receiving his mortal remains, his family was inconsolable. The father of a 3-year-old girl, Major Sharma was married six years back.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also condoled Major Sharma's death and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh along with a job for a member of his family. Alongside, the CM office also announced that a road in Meerut will be named after him.