Delhi Police on Friday paid its respects to the force’s braveheart inspector Mohan Chand Sharma at the government school he had completed his secondary education from on Police Commemoration Day. The event was attended by Sharma’s widow, Maya, his mother and daughter.Recounting the days before the Batla House encounter, Maya said that her husband would rarely return home as he was investigating the serial blasts. Their son, Himanshu, had to be admitted to hospital as he had been suffering from a severe bout of dengue.He had received a call while having breakfast. A colleague recalled that Sharma instructed them to wait outside the L-Block house where the three terrorists were hiding until he arrived. He decided that one of them would pose as a verification agent of a mobile phone company to identify the men.
Minutes before he stepped into the building, Sharma called Maya to inquire about their son’s health and promised to call back once the raid was over.
“I got a call 15 minutes later from his colleague that he had been shot. I was on my way to the hospital to check on my son, but I turned and rushed to Holy Family hospital where he had been taken.By the time I reached, it was all over,“ Maya said with a lump in her throat.
Sharma’s colleagues said that he had resigned from the post of a clerk in the finance ministry to join Delhi Police in 1986.