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.
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Kashmir Glory Ashok Chakra winner Lance Naik Goswami
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.
Indian defence forum
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.
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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”.
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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.