Service No: IC-53826

Service: Army

Last Rank : Captain

Unit : 12 JAK LI

Arm/Regt : The J & K Light Infantry

Operation : Op Meghdoot

Award :SM

Date of Martyrdom: Oct 05, 1998

Capt Shashikant Sharma SM

Capt Shashikant Sharma was born in a military family to an Air Force Officer Flt Lt J.P. Sharma and Mrs Sudesh Sharma. Right from his childhood he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father and serve in the armed forces. His dream came true when he got selected for NDA in 1991 and he went to win many laurels during his training at NDA Khadakvasla, and IMA, Dehradun. Later on 10 June 1995, he was commissioned into 12 JAK LI of the famed Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment, a regiment known for its intrepid soldiers and numerous battle honours.

 

After serving for a couple of years with his parent unit, Capt Shashikant Sharma was posted at Siachen glacier , the highest battle field in the world. The Indian posts were located on the narrow Saltoro ridge on the south west of Siachen glacier, where the soldiers faced hostile weather with icy winds and sub zero temperatures.

 

Op Meghdoot: 05 Oct 1998

 

During Oct 1998, Capt Shashikant Sharma was deployed on the Saltoro ridge located about 20 Kms south west of Siachen glacier. On the night of 3rd October 1998, there was heavy shelling from Pakistani side on the Bana post at the snowy heights of over 21000 ft. Capt Shashikant Sharma on that day was the commander of the Bana post, a very crucial post for India. Capt Shashikant Sharma along with his gritty soldiers launched the counter attack to give a befitting reply to the unprovoked firing from the enemy. However during this process, Capt Shashikant got wounded grievously in his right thigh and abdomen.

 

Despite his injuries Capt Shashikant Sharma continued to direct the fire and guard his post. On the early morning of 5th October, however Capt Shashikant Sharma was shot in the forehead and was severely injured. He later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred.  Capt Shashikant Sharma was given the gallantry award, “Sena Medal” for his valour, devotion to duty and supreme sacrifice.

Capt Shashikant Sharma is survived by his parents and brothers.

  • “There is a chasm within, that pains at times, but the pride that fills your chest and lifts your head more than makes up for the grief at the departure of a dear one so soon. After all not many get an opportunity to accomplish for nation what our Shashi did,” ….were the words of his parents while paying tribute to their son Capt Shashikant Sharma.
  • Noida Administration has named a road in front of the Golf Course in Sec-37 as Shaheed Capt Shashi Kant Marg in his honour.
  • A park has been named in his memory in Sector-37 of Noida, where Capt Shashi Kant Sharma’s family resides.
  •  “If I come back I will be your son, if I do not, I will be called the nation’s son”….. were the last words of Capt Shashikant Sharma to his parents.
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5 Comments
  • Geeshma Dhyan

    2017 at 5:15 pm Reply

    You have defined the meaning of service to the nation for other countrymen. Your supreme sacrifice will always inspire the future generations of India.

  • Arshdeep Sidhu

    2018 at 2:26 pm Reply

    Proud of you sir, hope to honour your legacy by doing something great for this nation

  • Rajesh kumar lakhtakia. Co-ordinator

    2019 at 5:55 am Reply

    Wat u did for our country was precious.u save d honour of d country .I salute to U. Ur
    May God Give
    sacrifice will always be remembered for ages.
    I also salute ur parents who gave d country such a brave soldier.U Parents r great n will be in our memory for always always.

  • Mahesh Chandak

    2020 at 11:43 pm Reply

    Salute you brave heart ! Your sacrifice is priceless to the nation . We will never be able to repay your debt..

  • Dushyant kaushik

    2022 at 6:19 pm Reply

    We will remember your sacrifice sir,
    You are always in our heart .
    Tribute to great Soldier❤️

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