My fa­ther was an ex-sol­dier, he took a bul­let to save oth­ers, says cashier’s son

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NEWDELHI:“He didn’t get an op­por­tu­nity to face a bul­let for his coun­try while in ser­vice (air force) but he laid down his life at his work­place to save oth­ers.” This is how Santosh Sharma’s son Aryan chooses to re­mem­ber his fa­ther.

Forty-five-year-old Sharma, a cashier with the Cor­po­ra­tion Bank in Ch­hawla, was shot dead dur­ing a da­coity at the bank on Fri­day.

The fam­ily says that the sol­dier in Sharma, who re­tired as a ju­nior war­rant of­fi­cer of the In­dian Air Force, never gave up on any sit­u­a­tion and it was this at­ti­tude that led to his death.

Aryan (16) said his fa­ther was one of the “most dis­ci­plined and coura­geous men” he has ever come across. Aryan and his fa­ther had made plans for Satur­day, the day this re­porter spoke to him. They were to go shop­ping for a lap­top — a birth­day gift for the boy who would turn 17 on Oc­to­ber 27. But all that changed on Fri­day, leav­ing Aryan try­ing hard to come to grips with his fa­ther’s death.

Jy­otib­hushan, Sahrma’s brother-in-law said Sharma al­ways talked about pride and hon­our. “It is not tough to be­lieve that he would have fought the rob­bers. The bank man­ager also told us that Sharma was the last one left when every­one else was rush­ing to the man­ager’s cabin and to the bath­room to keep them­selves safe. “He had al­ways been like that — he al­ways en­sured the other’s safety. The de­fence per­son in him was al­ways alive,” Jy­otib­hushan, a soft­ware engi­neer in Greater Noida, said.

Aryan, who is in class 11, said, “He taught us to never bend. I am sure he would have fought the gun­men and that was why he alone was shot. If the da­coits had to kill, they would have killed oth­ers too and not just my fa­ther.”

On Fri­day morn­ing, Sharma had dropped him to school be­fore go­ing to the bank. While re­turn­ing from school around 4pm, Aryan saw his mother and sis­ter rush­ing some­where on the scooter. “I called out to them but they did not hear me. I had no clue. It was only later that I was told that my dad had been shot by rob­bers. When I went to the Rao Tula Ram hospi­tal, I found out that he was al­ready dead,” Aryan said. Sharma’s wife was not in a con­di­tion to talk.

Sharma is sur­vived by his wife and two chil­dren – Aryan and his younger sis­ter Aashi (12), a class 7 stu­dent.


The branch of Cor­po­ra­tion Bank in Ch­hawla that was tar­geted on Fri­day.


Aryan, 16, said his fa­ther was one of the ‘most dis­ci­plined and coura­geous men’ he has ever come across.

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