'Maybe this is my last photo', said a Whatsapp text from Major Ketan Sharma to his family as he prepared to take down terrorists in Anantnag, J&K.
To this, the family replied that they hoped he would come out of it fine. They waited but there was no response.
A few hours later, two Army men delivered the bad news that the officer had succumbed to his injuries and died.
Major Sharma's remains reached his family in Meerut on Tuesday and the entire city had come to grieve for this valourous officer.
Meerut: Family of Major Ketan Sharma mourns his demise, at their residence in Kanker Khera. The Major lost his life in an encounter with terrorists at Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir yesterday. pic.twitter.com/4xvWnZcA9t— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) June 18, 2019
While the family prepared themselves for this terrible tragedy, his mother still couldn't believe that her son is really gone.
Mujhe batado mera sher beta kahan gaya?
#WATCH Army personnel console family members of Army Major Ketan Sharma who lost his life in Anantnag encounter yesterday. His mother says, "Mujhe batado mera sher beta kahan gaya? " #Meerut pic.twitter.com/Rl3wnpQ5gd— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) June 18, 2019
The Union Defense minister, Rajnath Singh also paid his tribute to the martyred officer.
Paid tributes to Major Ketan Sharma who made the supreme sacrifice while fighting against the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) June 18, 2019
Major Sharma fought valiantly like a true soldier. My heart goes out to his bereaved family. pic.twitter.com/gJCcqEtFwD
The entire army paid their salutations to Major Sharma for his bravery and valor.
#ChinarCorpsCdr & all ranks salute the supreme sacrifice of Maj Ketan Sharma, the gallant officer, who was martyred fighting terrorists in Op #Badura (#Anantnag) & offer condolences to the bereaved family #Kashmir #IndianArmy @NorthernComd_IA@adgpi@easterncomd@WhiteKnight_ia pic.twitter.com/0fhpFTKiPV— Chinar Corps - Indian Army (@ChinarcorpsIA) June 17, 2019
Reportedly, Major Sharma is not the only casualty in this anti-terror activity. Ten people in total have lost their lives in this battle which has been going on in Jammu and Kashmir.