Southwest Army Chief Rajasthan CM pays tribute to Colonel Ashutosh Sharma

JAIPUR: Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot , Soldier Welfare Minister Pratap Singh, the Chief of the Southwest Army, Lt. Gen. Alok Kler, and others paid tribute to Col. Ashutosh Sharma, who was killed in an encounter with terrorists here on Tuesday.

Other army officers and family members and relatives of Colonel Sharma were also present.

A wreath-laying ceremony was held at the 61st Cavalry Camp of the Jaipur Military Station, where Prime Minister Gehlot and Lt. Gen. Kler paid their last respects to the assassinated officer.

They comforted his family members present there.

Colonel Sharma's wife, Pallavi Sharma, was seen greeting them with folded hands.

Private Singh's Welfare Minister, Deputy Rajyavardhan Rathore, Jaipur Jogaram collector and other senior Army officials placed flower wreaths and paid tributes.

Colonel Sharma, who was among the five security personnel killed during an encounter with terrorists in northern Kashmir on Sunday, is the second commanding officer of the 21 Rashtriya rifles who lost his life fighting terrorism.