New Delhi: Indian Air Force’s Garud Commando Jyoti Prakash Nirala was martyred during an encounter with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. Nirala was the lone son of a family which also has four daughters. The family was under financial strain after his martyrdom.

Nirala’s family found it difficult to arrange funds for his sister’s marriage. His fellow soldiers from the Garud Commando Force came forward to honour the martyr and offered help for the marriage in Patna. Nirala’s associates had managed to collect enough funds for his sister’s marriage, reports had stated.

Commandos in the force contributed Rs. 500 each and in the process a sum of Rs.5 lakh was collected. The funds were later utilised for the marriage expenses.

Photos from the marriage surfaced on social media and netizens showered their praises over the Commandos’ gesture. In the photos, some of the commandos can be seen making the bride walk on their palms as a mark of respect. 

Jyoti Prakash Nirala was conferred with Ashok Chakra posthumously during the Republic Day celebrations in 2018 for his bravery and sacrifice for the nation. The Ashok Chakra is the highest peacetime gallantry award that is given in India.