Mohan Chand Sharma
Mohan Chand Sharma
Mohan Chand Sharma (2 July 1965 – 19 September 2008) was an Indian police inspector who served in the Delhi Police Special Cell. Sharma was a much decorated police officer and had won seven gallantry medals including a President of India‘s medal in 2008.
Sharma served the Delhi police for 19 years. He joined Delhi Police as a sub-inspector in 1989 and was instrumental in the killing of 35 alleged terrorists and the arrest of another 80 alleged militants, according to an authorised Delhi police statemnt. The police statement also claimed that had killed 40 alleged gangsters from outside Delhi and arrested another 129. He died on 19 September 2008 after sustaining injuries during an encounter with puported terrorists allegedly involved in the 13 September 2008 Delhi bombings.
He was conferred seven gallantry medals, including President’s Police Medal for Gallantry in 2003 and 2007 and Police Medals for Gallantry in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005. He also received 150 rewards for exemplary performance. Like many Indian encounter specialists (encounter is the term commonly used in south asia for extra-judicial killings), Sharma’s career was controversial. Sharma often cribbed that his one time boss, best friend and mentor Rajbir Singh alone got all the credit for their operations, but death perhaps has restored the balance. Rajbir Singh was killed at point blank range, apparently by a businessman contact.
Sharma who led the encounter at Jamia Nagar where the alleged terrorists linked with the 2008 Delhi blasts were hiding, received bullet injuries to his abdomen, thighs and right arm. According to the autopsy performed at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences he died of excessive bleeding. Sharma was not wearing bullet proof armour.
He is noted for his involvement in high-profile cases that include the 2001 Indian Parliament attack, 2000 terrorist attack on Red Fort and 29 October 2005 Delhi bombings. Sharma was instrumental in arrest of four Jaish-e-Mohammad alleged militants in February 2007 after an encounter at DDU Marg, Delhi. He was also involved in an encounter which saw the death of one of the most wanted terrorists, Abu Hamza, at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in 2006 after the Diwali blasts.
The Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh said that Sharma had shown exceptional courage and was an inspiration for the security forces. “He has shown exceptional courage and is an inspiration for our security forces,” he stated. Ina letter to Sharma’s wife on his death, Singh wrote: “It is officers like your husband who make us all feel confident that our security is in safe hands. Your husband’s passing away is a great loss for our country and society.”
President Pratibha Patil said his was a supreme act of sacrifice, courage and bravery and he would be always remembered by the nation.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi in a condolence message said that Sharma battled with the terrorists valiantly and sacrificed his life in the service of the country. “Our battle against terrorism will continue with full resolve,” she said.
“We will do whatever we can to pay homage to him on behalf of the entire country,” said Home Minister Shivraj Patil. “Mohan Chand has been one of our most brave officers. He won many gallantry awards,” said Police Commissioner YS Dadhwal.