The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind giving away the Highest Gallantry Award Ashoka Chakra to his wife and mother.
Corporal Jyoti Prakash Nirala, a specialist weapon operator in the IAF Special Forces Detachment is awarded with highest peace time military Award Ashok Chakra posthumously.
President Ram Nath Kovind gave this prestigious award to his wife and mother.Corporal Nirala was attached with 13 Rashtriya Rifles Battalion, under the aegis of ‘Op Rakshak’ in Jammu & Kashmir for active counter insurgency operations.
On November 18, 2017, based on specific tech intelligence, an offensive was launched jointly by the Garud detachment and 13 RR in Chanderger village of Bandipora district in Jammu and Kashmir.
Cpl Nirala, displaying exceptional battle craft, positioned himself close to the approach of the hideout, thus cutting off all possibilities of an escape by the insurgents. Laying this ambush itself at such close quarters demanded a very high degree of courage and professional acumen.
He, disregarding personal safety and displaying indomitable courage, retaliated with effective lethal fire and gunned down a category ‘A’ terrorist named Ubaid Alias Osama Jungi (nephew of LeT commander Zaki Ur Rehman Lakhvi).
Re-adjusting his position to protect his colleagues and preventing other terrorists from escaping, Cpl Nirala killed one more category `A+’ terrorist, named Mehmud Bhai (LeT North Kashmir commander) and injured two others.
In this violent exchange of fire, he was hit by a volley of small arms fire. Despite being critically injured, the Corporal continued retaliatory fire. Subsequently, he succumbed to fatal gunshot wounds received in the fierce encounter, which resulted in the killing of alI six dreaded terrorists.
For this act of most conspicuous bravery, pre-eminent valour and supreme sacrifice, Corporal Jyoti Prakash Nirala has been awarded Ashok Chakra (Posthumous).