The nation salutes and bids adieu to Colonel Ashutosh Sharma who laid down his life during an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Handwara during the weekend. His family paid tribute to the officer this morning in Jaipur.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, his deputy Sachin Pilot and BJP MP Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore were among those who paid their last respects to the decorated officer and offered condolences to Colonel Sharma’s family at the Jaipur Military Station.
Colonel Ashutosh Sharma had been awarded twice gallantary medal for exemplary bravery in counter-terrorist missions. He was the commanding officer of 21 Rashtriya Rifles involved in the anti-terror operation.
Major Anuj Sood, Naik Rajesh and Lance Naik Dinesh and Sub Inspector Shakeel Qazi of the Jammu and Kashmir police also lost their lives in the operation.
The last rites of Major Anuj Sood will also be held today in Chandigarh, officials said.
On Monday, yet another three jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed and seven injured after a patrolling party of the paramilitary force was attacked by terrorists in Handwara.