Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami of the elite Special Forces who was killed in an operation in North Kashmir’s Handwara forests was conferred with the Ashok Chakra, he country’s highest peacetime gallantry award, by President Pranab Mukherjee.
A member of the 9th Battalion, Parachute Regiment, Goswami lost his life in an operation in north Kashmir.
The Ashok Chakra is equivalent to the Param Vir Chakra, and is awarded for valor, courageous action or self-sacrifice away from the battlefield.
On September 2, 2015, Goswami was part of an ambush team that was sent to the Haphruda forest at Kupwara district of Jammu & Kashmir where four terrorist were suspected to be hiding.
During the ambush, two of his comrades were injured and pinned down. Goswami along with another soldier rushed in to their help while risking their own lives and drawing heavy fire.
According to the government release:
“Sensing grave danger to three of his wounded colleagues, Lance Naik Mohan with utter disregard to his own personal safety, charged at the remaining terrorists drawing intense fire from them.”
But even the hail of bullets couldn’t deter Goswami for bringing back his injured comrades. He rushed in to their aid and brought them back to safety.
Showing utter bravery Lance Naik Goswami, not only saved his comrades despite being seriously injured in the process, but he also killed two terrorists in the process.
His bold charge, however left him gravely injured and he later succumbed to his injuries.
Tribune India A Soldier paying his last respect to Lance Naik Goswami
Lance Naik Goswami hailed from Indira Nagar village in Lalkuan, Nainital and is now survived by his wife Bhawna, who received his Ashok Chakra, and their nine year old daughter Bhumika.
First Post Lance Naik Goswami with wife and daughter
Lance Naik Goswami’s father had also served in the Army. Lance Naik Goswami was accompanied by Subedar Mehendra Singh during his operation, and the two of them had moved in together to evacuate his colleagues while drawing heavy fire in the process. According to officials, Subedar Singh had returned fire and killed one terrorist at close quarters to buy Lance Naik Goswami and his injured comrades additional time . He was awarded the Kirti Chakra for his “exemplary leadership, selflessness and courage beyond compare”.
Before losing life in his final assignment, Lance Naik Goswami had already taken part in three operations in 11 days. During this short period of time, he killed 10 terrorists including the two he killed in his final assignment.
After his death Goswami’s mortal remains were flown from Kashmir and were laid to rest at his ancestral home in in Nainital. We salute this brave soldier who laid down his life for protecting the nation.