Sachin Sharma, 20, a resident of Goela Khurd village in Panipat, Haryana, had joined the Army on December 12, 2016. He was selected in the 16th battalion of Rajputana Regiment and completed his training at the Rajputana Regiment Headquarters in Fatehgarh of Uttar Pradesh.
He was deployed at Twang district of Arunachal Pradesh on November 16, 2017, and was to come home for two months starting from February 5, 2018.
However, he was severely injured in a Naxal attack in Tawang on January 13. The armyman was taken to a hospital for treatment but he succumbed to his injuries and died on January 16. His father, Surender Sharma, was informed through a phone call that his son was no more.
As the news reached the village, villagers, relatives and locals gathered at his house. Following this news, as a mark of respect, the villagers stayed away from burning the stove. According to Deputy Commissioner Chander Shekhar Khare, the mortal remains of the martyr would be brought to the village on January 18. “The last rites will be performed with full honours,” he said.
His father said:
“He had sacrificed his life for the nation.”
During a visit to his home, his mother had told him that he has turned weak. To this, the soldier said: “I am enough for India’s enemies.” When asked for his marriage, the soldier had told his family that if he gets martyred then they will have to bear the responsibility of his wife.
The braveheart is survived by his father Surender Sharma, mother Sumitra Devi, two sisters Ritu and Anju and younger brother Sahil.