Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami was a part of the 9th Battalion, of the Parachute Regiment, a Special Forces battalion known for its fearless soldiers and daredevil operations in most challenging conditions & a short span earned the reputation of the toughest men in the unit.
“3 operations in 10 days killing 11 terrorists”
The counter-insurgency ops of 2015 were spread over 3 phases and spanned for 4 days. 22nd Aug, 26th Aug, 02nd Sept & 03rd Sept.
On the night of 2nd Sept, the squad had planned a 96 hr long operation with 6 squads of 36 men who would lie in wait for infiltrations.
At 20:30 hours, Lance Naik Goswami’s squad detected the terrorists as they arrived in the area. There were 4 of them. As they spotted the figures, Lance Naik Goswami volunteered to step forward and challenge the intruders.
In the first few minutes, 1 of the 4 was hit by Lance Naik Goswami already. There was a continuous exchange of bullets for some time and then there was a sudden silence as it started drizzling.
The squad was caught off guard by an explosion that injured 2 commandos. Lance Naik Goswami plunged forward to provide them cover. He sprang into position & started firing fiercely at the terrorist
During this exchange, one bullet tore past his waist and the other straight through him.
As he knelt to the ground with a roar, his weapon still pointed straight at the two terrorists advancing rapidly towards him, he spurs shots at them before he fell to the ground.
As the raindrops hit the earth to wash away the blood from his wounds, it was as though Lance Naik embraced death as his old friend.
A few months after the operation, Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami was conferred with the Ashok Chakra, the country’s highest decoration for gallantry peacetime.
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