Major Mohit Sharma life story and How he became Major Mohit Sharma to Iftikhar Bhatt

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Major Mohit Sharma was an Indian Army officer who was shot down on 21 March 2009 in the Kupwara district of North Kashmir during an encounter with terrorists. He was a member of the 1 Para (SF) unit, and he was leading directly his Bravo Assault Team when the terrorists attacked. 

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Background

 

Major Mohit Sharma was born in the city of Rohtak, Rajasthan, on Friday, January 13, 1978 (age 31 at the moment of death). In 1983, Mohit Sharma enrolled in Manav Sthali School in Delhi, and in 1988, he shifted to Delhi Public School in Ghaziabad. After graduating from high school in 1995, he enrolled in the National Defence Academy in Pune to pursue his passion of protecting his motherland. Mohit entered the Indian Military Academy in 1998 after completing his bachelor’s degree at the NDA. Because of his excellence at the Indian Military Academy in 1998, he was chosen as the Battalion Cadet Adjutant. At Rashtrapati Bhawan, he also had the opportunity to meet the then-President of India, K. R. Narayanan. Mohit Sharma was survived by his father, Rajendra Prasad Sharma, mother, Sushila Sharma and his elder brother, Madhur Sharma. At the time of his demise, Mohit Sharma married Major Rishima Sharma.

 

CAREER IN THE ARMY

 

In 1999, Mohit Sharma graduated from the Indian Military Academy and joined the 5th Battalion ‘The Madras Regiment’ in Hyderabad as a lieutenant. Mohit decided to train as a para (Special Forces) commando while achieving three years of duty, and he successfully completed his training in June 2003. In December 2003, he received his promotion to captain

 

FROM MOHIT SHARMA TO IFTIKHAR BHATT

 

In 2004, Mohit Sharma was assigned with the mission in Kashmir, wherein he got the task of infiltrating the Islamic terrorist group Hizbul Mujahideen. Under the false name Iftikhar Bhatt, Mohit was able to contact two members of the organisation. Mohit grew his hair and beard to match the usual look of a criminal in order to blend in with the villagers and the terrorist organisation. Mohit personally experienced two of the group’s militants, Abu Sabzar and Abu Torara, in Shopian, Kashmir Valley, during his encounter with the terrorists.Major Mohit subsequently created a plot to persuade Hizbul Mujahideen militants that he was preparing for war against the Indian Army. He explained that he planned to seek revenge for his brother’s murder by attacking an army checkpoint. He provided them with the appropriate locations and provided details on the army’s troop movements. Although one of the terrorists was distrustful of Mohit, but they both agreed to assist him in carrying out his plan. The terrorist duo returned a few days later with the grenades, ammo, and three militants from a nearby town. On the day of the attack, the terrorists got into a little debate about Mohit Sharma’s authenticity, and he took advantage of the situation by shooting all of them with his pistol.

Major Mohit Sharma life story
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THE LAST FIGHT OF HIS LIFE

 

Mohit Sharma was assigned to Major in December 2005 after completing the operation, and he was given the Sena Medal for the covert operation in Shopian, Kashmir. He was later moved to Belgaum as a supervisor to oversee the training of more Para SF commandos. He was brought back to Kashmir in 2008, in which he was killed in a shootout by a gang of terrorists in Kupwara, Jammu and Kashmir. Major Mohit Sharma, SM led the Bravo Assault Team in operations in North Kashmir’s Kupwara District. He was a brave soldier who succeeded in defeating rebels in a forest environment after spending four years in Jammu and Kashmir. After learning of the location of certain invading attackers in the deep Haphruda Forest on March 21, 2009, he methodically prepared and aided his troops in locating terrorists. He informed his patrols after noticing unusual activity, but terrorists fired indiscriminately from three different directions. Four commandos were quickly injured in the intensive gunbattle. He climbed and rescued two soldiers, completely disregarding his own protection. He tossed grenades and killed two terrorists despite the heavy fire, but then he was shot in the chest. Despite his critical injuries, he continued to guide his commandos for a while even after he was injured. Knowing that his teammates were in danger, he rushed in a courageous short range action, killing two more terrorists and achieving martyrdom in the best traditions of the Indian Army. Major Mohit Sharma, SM was awarded the ‘Ashok Chakra’ (Posthumous) on 15 August 2009 for this act of outstanding bravery, incredibly inspiring leadership, and tremendous heroism much beyond the call of duty. Major Rishima Sharma, Major Mohit Sharma’s wife, received the Ashoka Chakra medal from the President of India Pratibha Patil.      

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