Service No : IC-59066N
Date of Birth : January 13, 1978
Place of birth : Rohtak, Haryana
Service : Army
Last Rank : Major
Unit : 1 Para (SF)
Arm/Regt : The Parachute Regiment
Awards : Ashok Chakra, Sena Medal
Martyrdom : March 21, 2009
Maj Mohit started his education from Manav Sthali School, South Extension Delhi, after which he took admission in Holy Angels’ School, Sahibabad for a year and from where he took admission in DPS Ghaziabad in the year 1988 and passed out from the school in the year 1995. He got good percentage in class XII and his parents got him admitted to Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj College of Engineering, Shegaon, Maharashtra. Despite taking admission in an engineering college he had a passion to join the forces and for which he was determined and left engineering to join the prestigious NDA in the year 1995.
During his NDA tenure, where he was a member of the India Squadron, he excelled in various fields and emerged as one of the best cadets. He was a champion Horse Rider, trained under the able guidance of Col. Bhawani Singh, with his favorite horse named “Indira”. He was a Boxing champion in the featherweight category as well as one of the best swimmers. He continued his hunger for excellence into the IMA, where he was awarded an appointment of the rank of BCA (battalion cadet adjutant) and was among the chosen ones to get an opportunity to meet Shri K.R Narayanan then the President of India at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
He passed out from IMA on 11th December 1999 and got commissioned in 5 Madras. His first posting was at Hyderabad from where he went on to serve the country with 38 RR (Rashtriya Rifles) in Kashmir as the part of counterinsurgency operation where he received his first medal for Gallantry COASM ( Chief of Army Staff Commendation Medal) in the year 2002. From the very beginning, he wanted to be a para-commando and joined 1 Para (SF) -the elite force of the Indian Army in June 2003. After that, he served in Kashmir with 1 Para (SF) where he was awarded Sena Medal (Gallantry) in the year 2004. He also served as an instructor at the Commando Wing Belgaum for 2 years from January 2005 to December 2006.
Kupwara Operation: 21st March 2009
During 2009, Maj Mohit Sharma’s unit was deployed in Kupwara district of J & K and was engaged in operations against the terrorists on a frequent basis. Based on the information received from the intelligence about the infiltration attempt by some terrorists in Kupwara district, the security forces decided to launch a search and destroy operation on 21 Mar 2009. Maj Mohit Sharma was tasked to lead the Bravo Assault Team against the infiltrating terrorists in dense Haphruda Forest. Maj Mohit Sharma along with his commandos reached the suspected area as planned and soon made contact with the infiltrators. On observing suspicious movement, he alerted his scouts but the terrorists fired at the troops from three directions indiscriminately. In the heavy exchange of fire, four commandos got wounded and with complete disregard to his personal safety, Maj Mohit Sharma crawled and recovered two soldiers to safety.
Unnerved Maj Mohit Sharma continuing the operation threw grenades and managed to kill two terrorists. However during the exchange of fire Maj Mohit got hit in the chest. Despite seriously wounded he kept directing his commandos, to foil the attempt of the terrorists to escape. In the ensuing battle he realized further danger to his comrades, and in a rare display of raw courage and determination charged at the terrorists, killing two of them in the close combat. Later he succumbed to his injuries and attained martyrdom fighting for his motherland in the finest traditions of Indian Army. Besides Maj Mohit Sharma, four other soldiers laid down their lives during the operation on 21 Mar which included Hav Sanjay Singh, Hav Anil Kumar, Ptr Shabir Ahmad Malik and Ptr Nater Singh. Maj Mohit Sharma was given the nation’s highest peace time gallantry award, “Ashok Chakra” for his act of conspicuous gallantry, unyielding fighting spirit and supreme sacrifice.
Maj Mohit Sharma is survived by his father Shri Rajendra Prasad Sharma, mother Smt Sushila Sharma, elder brother Shri Madhur Sharma and wife Maj Rishima Sharma, who is an Army officer and continuing his legacy of service to the nation.