Meerut: Thousands pay last tribute to Major Ketan Sharma
Thousands turned up to pay their tribute to Major Ketan Sharma, who was killed in an encounter with militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag, as his mortal remains were brought to his hometown Meerut in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old officer, Major Ketan Sharma, was killed in an encounter in Achabal area of the south Kashmir district on Monday. A militant was also killed in a gunfight that followed the cordon-and-search operation in the area by the security forces.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Army Chief General Bipin Rawat also paid tribute to the officer at the Palam airport in the national capital, before his mortal remains were taken to Meerut.
The Armyman will be cremated in Surajkund later and was accorded a gun salute by his colleagues.
Slogans of Desh ka beta kaisa ho, Ketan Sharma Jaisa ho (how should be son of India, Like Ketan Sharma)' were heard as several thousands number gathered to pay their tribute during last rites of Major Ketan Sharma.
The emotional crowd expressed their anger against Pakistan and asked the Modi Government to take strict action against those protecting and manufacturing terrorists.
Senior Army officers consoled Sharma's family as the last rites were taking place. State minister Suresh Rana also visited his house.
The 1987 born army major Ketan Sharma left behind his father Ravindra Sharma, mother Usha Devi, wife and 3 year old daughter. Major Sharma was commissioned in the army in 2012 and 2 years back, he was given the responsibility of Counter-Insurgency in valley. He was inducted into 19 Rashtriya Rifles of India Army.
The Indian Army tweeted its salutations for Ketan Sharma. The tweet read, #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.