Jaipur: The last remains of decorated Colonel Ashutosh Sharma who was among the five-security personal killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district were consigned to flames with full army honour in Jaipur on Tuesday.
Even as lockdown restrictions are in force, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot and several other dignitaries attended the funeral. Gehlot said that Rajasthan would forever remember the decorated colonel’s ultimate sacrifice. The least the government could do was to take care of the martyr’s family, Gehlot said.
The funeral took place at Purani Chungi crematorium. Colonel Ashutosh’s wife and his brother lit the pyre. Wife Pallavi couldn’t hold back her tears when the last rites were performed.
“Ashutosh was a brave man and he died like a brave man. I would forever be very proud of him,” the wife said.
Chief minister personally met each member of the family and expressed his condolences.
Born on July 3, 1975, Ashutosh Sharma originally hailed from Bulandshahr. His family migrated to Jaipur. Ashutosh finished his graduation from DAV College.
A joint anti-terrorist operation by the armed forces and the J&K Police was carried out in the Handwara area of the district in north Kashmir, about 70 km from capital Srinagar, an official statement said, adding that the five-member team was able to rescue several civilians. Two terrorists were killed during the joint operation.
Decorated army officer Colonel Ashutosh Sharma, Major Anuj Sood, Naik Rajesh Kumar and Lance Naik Dinesh from the 21 Rashtriya Rifles unit were a part of the security operation; police officer Shakeel Ahmad Qazi was also with them.