Service No : 4572539F
Place of birth : Uttarakhand
Service : Army
Last Rank : Lance Naik
Unit : 6 Mahar
Arm/Regt : The Mahar Regiment
Operation : UN Mission
Awards : Dag Hammerskjold Medal
Martyrdom : April 9, 2013
Lance Naik Nand Kishor Joshi hailed from Uttarakhand and joined the army after completing his school education. He was recruited into the 6 Mahar Battalion of the Mahar Regiment, a regiment of the Infantry known for its fearless soldiers and numerous battle honours. Later he was selected to be part of the Indian contingent in the UN Peace Keeping Force in Sudan.
UN Operation: 09 Apr 2013
During 2013, L/Nk Nand Kishor was serving with UNMISS (United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan) as part of the Indian contingent. peacekeepers. At that time India had about 2,200 army personnel in South Sudan as part of the UNMISS. They were two Indian battalions belonging to 6 Mahar and 9 Mech Inf, out of which one was based in Jonglei and the other was in Malakal, in the Upper Nile, on the border with Sudan. South Sudan had ended decades of civil war with Sudan in 2005 and was transitioning to a peaceful existence, but the civil strife was continuing with many rebels not accepting the peace accord.
The Government forces were battling the rebels in Jonglei, while UN peacekeepers were patrolling between the two sides. On 09 Apr 2013, Lt Col Mahipal Singh from 9 Mech Inf was leading a patrol along with a 32-member squad in Jonglei. L/Nk Nand Kishor was a part of that team along with other soldiers of 6 Mahar and 9 Mech Inf battalions of Indian contingent. However as the convoy reached Gumuruk, it was attacked by the rebels numbering over 200 with automatic weapons. Though the attack was sudden with a numerically superior enemy, L/Nk Nand Kishor and his comrades swung into action to give a befitting reply. A fierce gun battle ensued thereafter lasting over an hour. L/Nk Nand Kishor along with other soldiers displayed commendable courage and fighting spirit in neutralizing many rebels. However during the heavy exchange of fire, L/Nk Nand Kishor received gun shots which proved fatal for him. Besides L/Nk Nand Kishor Joshi, four other soldiers made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty which included Lt Col Mahipal Singh, Nb Sub Shiv Kumar Pal, Hav Bharat Sasmal and Hav Heera Lal.
L/Nk Nand Kishor was a brave soldier, who laid down his life in the line of his duty, following the highest traditions of Indian Army. He was awarded the "Dag Hammarskjold Medal" by the UN for his outstanding courage, devotion to duty and supreme sacrifice.