SRI NAGAR: Army’s Para Commando Lance Naik Mohandas Nath Goswami, who was killed in a gunfight with militants in the border district of Kupwara in Jammu & Kashmir, had killed 10 militants in 11 days before his death and also played a significant role in the capture of Pakistani militant Sajjad, alias Obaidullah, during a firefight in the Valley, according to a defence spokesman.
“Lance Naik Goswami, hailing from Indira Nagar village, Nainital, Uttarakhand, volunteered to join the elite Para Commando outfit of the Indian Army in 2002,” defence spokesman of the Army’s Northern Command, Colonel S D Goswami told Express over the phone. Explaining that a para trooper possesses diverse qualities, the Colonel said, “He (a para trooper) has to be extra fit and is trained in different ways and different equipment”.
The spokesman said that after training, Goswami gained the reputation of being one of the toughest soldiers of his unit — no small feat. The Para Commando volunteered for all operation missions undertaken by his unit and was part of numerous successful counter-militancy operations in militancy-hit J&K, he said.