Army’s Special Forces commando, Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami has been awarded Ashok Chakra, the country’s highest peace time gallantry honour, for sacrificing his life while saving his two colleagues during an encounter with militants in Kashmir last year. Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami belonged to 9th Battalion, Parachute Regiment of the Indian Army. He bravely fought in three counter insurgency operations in which ten terrorists were killed and one captured alive in his last 11 days. He died in an ambush operation while fighting four terrorist in Kupwara, Kashmir on September 3,2015.

Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami was part of an ambush in Haphruda forest at Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir.

At about 20:15hrs, there was a fierce encounter with four terrorists wherein two of his comrades were injured and pinned down. Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami along with his buddy dashed forward to rescue their injured colleagues, while risking their own lives.

He first eliminated one terrorist. Sensing grave danger to the life of  three of his wounded colleagues, Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami disregarding his own personal safety, charged furiously at the remaining terrorists drawing intense fire from them. Bullets hit him, but Unmindful of his life threatening injuries , he closed in and eliminated one terrorist, injured another and was again shot in the abdomen.

Undeterred by his injuries, he hurled himself on the last terrorist and killed him at point blank range before succumbing to his wounds. Lance Naik Mohan not only killed two terrorists, but also assisted in neutralizing the other two and save the lives of three of his wounded colleagues.