Republic Day Special: IAF Commando Jyoti Prakash Nirala To Be Awarded Ashok Chakra Posthumously.
Republic Day: 69 years since the birth of its Constitution, the nation celebrates Republic Day on Friday with a grand parade at Rajpath. In a first, 10 Heads of State, of ASEAN countries, will be chief guests at the parade that will begin a little after 9 am this morning. At Rajpath, India will showcase its military might as well as its rich cultural heritage and traditions coupled with the latest initiatives and achievements. At the Republic Day parade, the ASEAN leaders will be accompanied by President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Follow our LIVE updates as we get you the latest from Rajpath.
Jyoti Prakash Nirala, Indian Air Force’s Garud Commando who single-handedly shot down three terrorists during an anti-terror operation, will be awarded the Ashok Chakra posthumously on 69th Republic Day. Six terrorists were shot dead during an hour-long fierce gun battle in Chandergeer, a village in the Hajin area of Kashmir’s Bandipora district on November 18 last year. Among the slain terrorists was the nephew of Lashkar-e-Taiba chief and 26/11 Mumbai terror mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. Jyoti Prakash Nirala, armed with light machine gun, laid down his life during the encounter while shooting dead three Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists despite being shot by the bullets. Air Force sources told NDTV that Corporal Nirala had retaliated fiercely. He will be the first Indian Air Force Commando to receive the award after his death.
An Indian Air Force commando whose actions led to the killing of six dreaded terrorists in Kashmir last November will be posthumously awarded the Ashok Chakra at the Republic Day Parade on Friday.
The 31-year-old Garud commando, Corporal Jyoti Prakash Nirala, will be the third recipient of the country’s highest peacetime gallantry award in the IAF’s history after Flight Lieutenant Suhas Biswas (1953) and Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma (1984, then squadron leader.)
Nirala’s Ashok Chakra is among the 390 gallantry awards and other decorations approved by President Ram Nath Kovind on the eve of the 69th Republic Day celebrations. The awards include a Kirti Chakra and 14 Shaurya Chakras, the second and third highest peacetime gallantry awards.
Nirala was part of an elite Guard squad that launched a counter-terror operation with a Rashtriya Rifles battalion in a Bandipora village on November 18, 2017. Detailing the mission, his citation said that the Guard 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,” the citation said.
As the Guards waited to engage the terrorists, they stormed out of the house raining bullets and grenades on the commandos. In the firefight that ensued, Nirala gunned down two heavily-armed terrorists and injured another two.
His family member will receive the award on his behalf on Republic Day.
Republic Day: Commandos To Be Awarded Ashok Chakra Posthumously.
COMMENTSJyoti Prakash Nirala, a resident of Badladih area in Bihar’s Rohtas district had joined the Indian Air Force in 2005. He was part of a joint team comprising Garud commandos and Rashtriya Rifles. His body was cremated with full military honors. Mr. Nirala is survived by his widow Sushma Nand, a four-year-old daughter, ailing parents and three unmarried sisters. The 31-year-old commando was the breadwinner of the family.
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,” the citation added.
Nirala’s wife Sushma Nand and mother Malti Devi are expected to receive his award at the parade, an IAF officer said.
Major Vijayant Bist, who is from Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry, has been awarded the Kirti Chakra for outstanding gallantry.
The Shaurya Chakra winners include Major Akhil Raj, Captains Rohit Shukla, Abhinav Shukla and Pradeep Shoury Arya, Havildar Mubarik Ali, Havildar Rabindra Thapa, Naik Narender Singh, Lance Naik Bader Hussain, Paratrooper Manchu, Corporal Nilesh Kumar Nayan (Posthumous), Sergeant Khairnar Milind Kishor (Posthumous) and Corporal Devendra Mehta.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu and the ASEAN leaders are seated at a bias to witness the Republic Day parade. The President takes the salute to the National Anthem. The parade is about to begin!
Google celebrates India’s Republic Day today with a colorful doodle. In a post, Google says, “The geometrical shapes that form the Doodle’s background are inspired by the vibrant colors and patterns of traditional hand-loom draperies from different states. The foreground elements symbolize unique crafts, music and traditional practices from across the country.”
An Indian Air Force Tableau rolls down Rajpath with the theme “Indian Air Force Encouraging Indigenisation”. The models displayed in include the Tejas Multirole Fighter Aircraft, Rudra Helicopter, Arudhra Radar and Akash missile system. The contingent comprises 144 men, led by Squadron Leader Attal Singh Shekhon.