Service No : SS35726F

Service : Army

Last Rank : Captain

Unit : 8 RR/269 Engr Regt

Arm/Regt : The Corps of Engineers

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Martyrdom : 1996

Capt Naveen Sharma

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  • Col Alok Asthana (retired)

    2022at5:01 pm Reply

    Naveen attained martyrdom under my watch. I was CO 8 RR and had deputed Naveen to lead an inter-formation link patrol between our brigade at Manipur (Senpati district) and the Assam Rifle Sector at Ukhrul. Only he died in that action. It seems our boys came across a group of Naga militants suddenly and both parties fired. Naveen was in the lead and got hit. We received information of it and immediately organised helicopter evacuation. It seems he died of excessive bleeding from his thigh wound. How I wish I had got my troops trained in how to stop critical bleeding by tightly tying up and stopping flow of blood. I had failed – and he died. In my book – Leadership for Colonels and Business Managers – I mention this need of life-saving first-aid, which gets neglected.
    Naveen had joined the unit just a few months back. 8 RR was a new raising, by me. He was a tall, handsome, quiet boy. I did visit his parents about 2 months later and cried with them. His father, Mr JP Sharma, stays at 492, Gurudwara Road, Dharamshala, Kangra – 176215. I had met his mother and sister too.
    Now I am trying to again speak to his parents but don’t have his phone number. Can someone help me?
    May his soul rest in peace.

    • Col Alok Asthana /, retd

      2022at8:06 pm

      My (Col – retd Alok Asthana) phone number is 9821677859.

  • Atul puri

    2022at7:58 am Reply

    Atul puri

    • Alok Asthana

      2023at10:02 am

      Thanks, Atul. Naveen was a fine officer.
      I managed to speak to his mother.

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