Ex-gratia for slain IAF commando

19 Nov 2017

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar today expressed grief over the death of Indian Air Force (IAF) commando Jyoti Prakash Nirala, who was killed in a gunfight with militants in Kahsmir, and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 11 lakh for his family. Nirala, a resident of Badladih area in Bihar's Rohtas district, was killed during an encounter with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora on Saturday. He was a member of the IAF's Garud Commando Force. In his condolence message, Kumar said that the entire country would remember the supreme sacrifice of the brave son of Bihar. The chief minister announced an ex gratia of Rs 11 lakh to the next of the kin of the commando, an official release said, adding that Nirala's body would be cremated with full police honour. Kumar prayed to the almighty to give courage and strength to the bereaved family to bear the loss, the release said.