Inspector M C Sharma cremated with full state honours

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New Delhi, Sep 20 (UNI) Special Cell Inspector Mohan Chandra Sharma, who died yesterday after being hit thrice in the abdomen during encounter at Jamia Nagar in South Delhi, was today cremated with full state honours.

His 14-year-old son lit the pyre at about 1630 hrs after the body reached Nigam Bodh ghat in a flower-bedecked cortege.

Before the cremation, a 21-gun salute was accorded to the brave soul who died fighting terrorists yesterday.

A host of dignitaries, including Home Minister Shivraj Patil, Delhi Lt Governor T Khanna, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, BJP leaders L K Advani, M M Joshi, Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal, his predecessor K K Paul and various other serving and retired officials of the Delhi Police, paid homage to the departed soul.

Chants of 'Amar Rahe', Jab tak suraj chand rahega, Sharma tera naam rahega' rent the air as thousands gave a tearful farewell to the Delhi Police's one of the most efficient officers.

Sharma leaves behind his wife and two children.

He was admitted to the Holy Family Hospital yesterday, after the morning encounter, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The 42-year-old Inspector had led yesterday's 'operation' and had received four bullets of which three hit his abdomen.

Sharma who joined Delhi Police in 1989, was absorbed by the Special Cell in 1997.

Recepient of seven gallantry awards, of which two were President's medal and four police medals, Inspector Sharma had shot down nearly 75 outlaws including 35 terrorists.

A very brave, dynamic and intelligent officer, Inspector Sharma was one of the most illustrious of Delhi Police personnel, as described by Delhi Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat.

A specialist of technical intelligence gathering, Inspector Sharma was an asset to the Special Cell which banked upon him for crucial breakthroughs at ground level, he said.

Commissioner Y S Dadwal, during his press conference yesterday, while lauding Sharma's valiant efforts in the encounter had said he was one of the most decorated officers of the Delhi Police.

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