Service No: 918203
Date of Birth: Nov 15,1986
Service : Air Force
Birth Place : Badladih, Rohtas, Bihar
Last Rank : Corporal
Unit: Garud Commando Force
Date of Martyrdom : Nov 18, 2017
Corporal Jyoti Prakash Nirala hailed from Badladih in Rohtas district of Bihar. He was born on November 15,1986 and joined the IAF in the year of 2005. During his 12 years of service Cpl Nirala served in various Air Force bases in different parts of the country. He got married to Sushma Nand in 2010 and had a daughter, Jigyasa Kumari. Later he was chosen to join the elite Garud commando force of the IAF, the specially trained force to tackle hostile attacks on Air Force bases.
After the terrorist attack on Air Force base in Pathankot in 2016, it was decided to train the Garud force along with the Army units in J & K. During 2017, Cpl Nirala joined the training with the 13 RR based in J & K.
Bandipora Operation : 18th November 2017
On 18 Nov 2017, credible information was received from the intelligence sources about the presence of terrorists in Chanderger village of Bandipora district. After analysing the situation the security forces decided to launch a joint operation of IAF Garud Force and 13 RR to flush out the militants. On reaching the designated area Cpl Nirala’s detachment covertly approached the house that had suspected militants hiding in it and laid a close quarter ambush. Cpl Nirala, armed with a light machine gun, positioned himself close to the approach of the hideout, cutting off all escape routes.
In a bid to escape, the six militants rushed out, shooting and throwing grenades. Cpl Nirala shot down two category ‘A’ militants and injured two others. In the exchange, he was hit by a volley of small arms fire and kept firing despite being critically injured. Cpl Nirala subsequently succumbed to the fatal injuries received during the encounter in which all six militants were killed. One of the militants killed during the operation was the nephew of Lakshar e Taiba commander Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi a major planner of the 2008 Mumbai Attacks. Cpl Nirala displayed outstanding courage and unyielding fighting spirit during the operation and laid down his life in the service of the nation.
Cpl Jyoti Prakash Nirala was given the nation’s highest peace time gallantry award “Ashok Chakra” on 26 Jan 2018, for his raw courage, leadership and supreme sacrifice.
Corporal Jyoti Prakash Nirala is survived by his wife Sushma Nand, daughter Jigyasa and mother Malti Devi.
The Citation for the Ashok Chakra awarded to him reads:
Corporal Jyoti Prakash Nirala was part of an elite Garud squad that launched a counter-terror operation with a Rashtriya Rifles battalion in a Bandipora village on November 18, 2017. The Garud detachment closed in on the target house where the terrorists were hiding and laid a close quarter ambush.
The corporal took a position close to the approach of the house to deny the terrorists any chance of escaping. Laying this ambush itself at such close quarters demanded a very high degree of courage and professional acumen.
As the Garuds waited to engage the terrorists, they stormed out of the house raining bullets and grenades on the commandos. In the firefight that ensued, Cpl Nirala gunned down two heavily-armed terrorists and injured another two. Cpl Nirala was hit by a barrage of bullets during the firefight but despite being critically injured he continued to engage the remaining terrorists.
Subsequently, he succumbed to fatal gunshot wounds received in the fierce encounter, which resulted in the killing of all six dreaded terrorists.
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