|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 186 cm
in meters– 1.86 m
in feet & inches– 6’ 1”
|Unit||1 Para (SF)|
|Years of Service||1999-2009|
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||• Sena Medal award in 2005
• Ashoka Chakra on 15 August 2009
|Date of Birth||13 January 1978 (Friday)|
|Date of Death||21 March 2009 (Saturday)|
|Place of Death||Hafruda Forest, Jammu and Kashmir|
|Age (at the time of death)||31 Years|
|Death Cause||Killed in action while engaging with terrorists in the Hafruda Forest of the Kupwara sector of Jammu and Kashmir Hindustan Times|
|School Major Mohit Sharma||• Manav Sthali School, South Extension, Delhi (1983-1987)
• Holy Angels’ School, Sahibabad (1987-1988)
• Delhi Public School, Ghaziabad (1988-1995)
|College/University||National Defence Academy, Pune|
|Relationships & More|
|Marital Status (at the time of death)||Married|
|Wife/Spouse||Major Rishima Sharma|
|Parents||Father– Rajendra Prasad Sharma
Mother– Sushila Sharma
|Siblings||Brother– Madhur Sharma
Some Lesser Known Facts About Major Mohit Sharma
- Major Mohit Sharma was an Indian Army Officer who laid down his life for the country when he was leading his Bravo Assault Team in the Kupwara sector of North Kashmir and was martyred in action on 21 March 2009 in an encounter with terrorists.
- Mohit Sharma finished his schooling from Delhi Public School, Ghaziabad in 1995, and he took admission in Sant Gajanan Maharaj College of Engineering, Maharashtra. However, he was interested in joining the armed forces and appeared for the SSB exams. On clearing the exam, he joined the National Defence Academy, Pune (NDA) to pursue his dream of serving the nation.
- After completing his course studies from NDA, Mohit joined Indian Military Academy (IMA) in 1998 where he was awarded the rank of Battalion Cadet Adjutant because of his excellent performance in academics and extracurricular activities during his time at NDA. Due to his consistent performance in the academy, he was among the few chosen one who got the chance to meet the then President of India, Shri. K. R. Narayanan at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
- In December 1999, Mohit Sharma passed the academy and he was posted to Hyderabad in the 5th Battalion The Madras Regiment as a lieutenant. After spending three years in service, Mohit opted to become a part of the Para (Special Forces) and became a trained Para Commando in June 2003, and later, in December 2003, he was promoted to the rank of captain.
- With the promotion, Mohit Sharma was posted to Kashmir where he displayed his bravery and dedication for the country. During his time in Kashmir, in 2004, Mohit was given the mission to infiltrate the group of Hizbul Mujahideen and get some crucial intel about their operations and plans. He successfully established contact with two terrorists of the Islamic group under the name Iftikhar Bhatt. Mohit grew his beard and hair long to fit the stereotypical look of a terrorist to make it easier for him to blend in the group.
- Major Mohit Sharma contrived a story to convince the terrorists of Hizbul Mujahideen that he was planning to attack the Indian Army because his brother was killed by Indian security personnel in 2001. Mohit met two terrorists- Abu Torara and Abu Sabzar at the terrorist camp where he told them that he wanted to attack an Army checkpoint and he needed their help. Later, the terrorists arranged for grenades along with three more terrorists to carry out the attack. However, a few days before the attack, Mohit Sharma caught them off-guard during an argument and shot them dead with his pistol.
- In December 2005, Mohit Sharma was promoted to the rank of Major, and he was awarded the Sena Medal for the covert operation in Shopian, Kashmir in 2005. After this, he was posted in Belgaum as an instructor to train more commandos. In 2008, he again got posted to Kashmir where he laid down his life in the line of action in Kupwara, Jammu and Kashmir.
- On 15 August 2009, the Government of India announced that Major Mohit Sharma will be awarded the highest peacetime gallantry award of the nation, Ashoka Chakra (posthumous). On 26 January 2010, his wife, Major Rishima Sharma received the award from the President of India Pratibha Patil. The official citation of the award said-
Major Mohit Sharma, SM was leading Bravo Assault Team in operations in Kupwara District of North Kashmir. A valiant warrior, he excelled in the art of fighting guerrillas in jungle terrain having earlier spent four years in Jammu & Kashmir. On 21 March 2009, after receiving information of the presence of some infiltrating terrorists in dense Haphruda Forest, he planned meticulously and led his commandos in tracking them. On observing suspicious movement, he alerted his scouts but terrorists fired from three directions indiscriminately. In the heavy exchange of fire, four commandos were wounded immediately. With complete disregard to his safety, he crawled and recovered two soldiers to safety. Unmindful of the overwhelming fire, he threw grenades and killed two terrorists but was shot in the chest. In the brief respite that followed, he kept directing his commandos, in spite of serious injuries. Sensing further danger to his comrades, he charged in daring close-quarter combat killing two more terrorists and attained martyrdom fighting for his motherland in the finest traditions of Indian Army.For this act of conspicuous gallantry, inspiring leadership and exceptional courage far beyond call of duty, Major Mohit Sharma, SM were awarded ‘Ashok Chakra’ (Posthumous) on 15 Aug 09.”
- In his leisure time, Major Mohit Sharma liked playing the guitar. He would often spend his free time at home or at a camp by playing the guitar.
- In February 2019, two stations from the Delhi Metro’s Red Line extension connecting Dilshad Garden with New Bus Adda have been renamed in honour of the country’s fallen soldiers. An official from DMRC said-
The Rajendra Nagar Metro Station has been rechristened as Major Mohit Sharma Rajendra Nagar station and the end station New Bus Adda has been renamed to Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda).”
- On 22 January 2021, Drishyam Films and Applause Entertainment released the poster of their upcoming film ‘Iftikhar.’ This upcoming project is the story of the Ashoka Chakra awardee Major Mohit Sharma, and how he infiltrated the Islamic terrorist organization to get intel on their plans. The movie is set to release in August 2022.
- On 24 January 2021, the singing reality TV show, Indian Idol, dedicated the episode to the personnel serving in the Indian Armed Forces. The show also remembered Major Mohit Sharma for the sacrifice he made for the country. Mohit Sharma’s elder brother, Madhur Sharma was invited as a guest on the show as well for the special episode.