Slain soldier conferred Ashok Chakra, posthumously

NEW DELHI: 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, country’s highest peacetime gallantry award. 

Goswami, according to army spokesman, has saved lives of two injured soldiers before he succumbed to the bullets.

Army spokesman described Goswami as an intrepid and indefatigable commando, who was a natural choice of his commanders for any challenging mission.

 “Last year on September 2, Goswami was engaged in a fierce encounter with terrorists hiding in the Haphruda forest. As the encounter started, two of Goswami’s coades were wounded. Undeterred by the intense volley of fire, he immediately rushed to rescue them and in the act, despite getting grievously wounded himself, he not only eliminated two terrorists but also saved the lives of his coades,’’ the spokesman said.

The spokesman said that Goswami succumbed to his injuries and made the supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Army. “Goswami, who is fondly and proudly remembered by his coades as one who could inspire and ignite patriotic fervour by his sheer presence alone, would volunteer for all risky missions.”

The Army spokesman said that before laying down his life, Goswami had been part of two more major operations in which ten militants had been killed in the Valley.

The spokesman said the Army stands committed to ensuring territorial integrity of the country and dignity of its people and it is in this spirit that many soldiers have braved the odds to ensure peace and prosperity in Kashmir as well.

“Any medium of peace and progress in the valley is largely owed to the sacrifices of these heroes many of whom remain unsung from all uniformed community operating here in the service of the people,’’ he said.


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