Winner of seven gallantry medals, Delhi Police Special Cell officer Mohan Chand Sharma, who was on Friday critically injured in a shootout with Indian Mujahideen militants in New Delhi, succumbed to his wounds.
Sharma, 41, who led today's daring encounter at Jamia Nagar where five terrorists linked with the recent serial blasts in the country were holed up, received three bullet injuries on his abdomen, thighs and right arm.
The inspector who was bleeding profusely was rushed to the nearby Holy Family hospital where he was operated upon and later put on life support systems.
After battling with his severe injuries for nearly eight hours, he was declared dead at seven in the evening.
"We have lost our best man," Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Karnal Singh told PTI.
Sharma, who is survived by his wife and two young children, has won seven gallantry medals including a President's medal this year.
The officer who joined the Delhi Police as a Sub-inspector in 1989 was instrumental in the killing of 35 terrorists and the arrest of another 80 militants, police sources claimed, adding he had killed 40 inter-state gangsters and arrested another 129.