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President Ram Nath Kovind turns emotional after handing Ashok Chakra to killed Garud commando's family

Corporal Nirala laid down his life after gunning down two terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district in November.

Published: 26th January 2018 03:12 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th January 2018 03:12 PM   |  A+A-

TV grab of Corporal Jyoti Prakash Nirala's family receiving the Ashok Chakra from the President (Twitter/shilpi tewari)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind today appeared emotional after he awarded the Ashok Chakra, India's highest peacetime military decoration, posthumously to Air Force Garud commando Corporal Jyoti Prakash Nirala here.

Corporal Nirala laid down his life after gunning down two terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district in November.

After presenting the award to Corporal Nirala's wife Sushmanand and his mother Malti Devi at the Republic Day Parade, Kovind was seen wiping his face and eyes with his handkerchief.

Corporal Nirala was part of a Garud Special Forces Unit of the IAF, a detachment of which was attached to a Rashtriya Rifles battalion under the aegis of 'Op Rakshak'.

On November 18 last year, an offensive was launched in Chanderger village of Bandipora based on specific intelligence. The Garud detachment covertly approached the target house where the terrorists were hiding and laid a close quarter ambush.

In the violent exchange of fire, Corporal Nirala was hit by a volley of small arms fire. Despite being critically injured, he continued the retaliatory fire.

He later succumbed to the gunshot wounds.

 


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