26 Jan 9 Para hero gets Ashok Chakra
Lance Naik Mohan Goswami killed 10 ultras in 11 days
President Pranab Mukherjee has approved 365 gallantry awards and other defence decoration to the armed forces personnel and others on the eve of the 67th republic day. The nation’s highest peace-time gallantry award, Ashoka Chakra, has been awarded posthumously to Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami of 9 Para (special Forces) posted in the 6th Battalion of the Rashtriya Rifles for his acts of most conspicuous gallantry. On the intervening night of September 2 and September 3, 2015 Lance Naik Goswami killed two terrorists in Haphruda forest at Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir Colonel Santosh Mahadik of 41 RR (Maratha Light Infantry) has been awarded Shaurya Chakra posthumously. A dynamic officer, Col Mahadik was commanding 41 Rashtriya Rifles and laid down his life in the line of duty combating Pakistan terrorists in Manigah Forest of Kupwara district on November 17 last year. The awardees in clued four Kirti Chakras, 11 Shaurya Chakras, one Bar to Sena Medal (gallantry), 48 Sena Medal (gallantry), four Nao Sena Medal (gallantry), two Vayu Sena Medal (gallantry), 29 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, five Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, four Bar to Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, 49 Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, 20 yudh Seva Medal, three Bar to Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), eight Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to duty), 16 Vayu sena Medal (Devotion to Duty), five Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal and 118 Vishisht Seva Medal.
Shaurya Chakra for Col Mahadik
On Sep. 2, Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami of the elite 9 Parachute Regiment (special Forces) killed two terrorists and saved lives of his two comrades despite being grievously injured in a Kupwara encounter. He was part of three operations over 11 days that left 10 terrorists dead in the Valley.
On November 17, Colonel Santosh Mahadik, while commanding 41 Rashtriya Rifles, laid down his life combating Pakistan terrorists in Manigah Forest of Kupwara district.