Srinagar: Elite commando of Army’s Special Forces Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami has been awarded Ashok Chakra, the country’s highest peace time gallantary honour, for laying down his life while saving his two colleagues during an encounter with militants in Kashmir last year.
“He embodied soldiering, stood for it, while he lived and even in death. The martyrdom and indeed the selfless gallantry of Late Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami of the elite Special Forces received a deserving recognition from a proud nation,” the Defence Ministry spokesman said about the award announced on the eve of the 67th Republic Day.
Giving details of the incident, the spokesman said that on September 2, 2015, Goswami was engaged in a fierce encounter with terrorists hiding in the Haphruda forest in Kupwara, North Kashmir.
“As the encounter raged, two of Goswami’s comrades 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 comrades,” he said.