Martyred NSG Officer to be Cremate in Kerala


Palakkad: Lieutenant Colonel Niranjan Kumar, a member of the elite NSG’s Bomb Disposal Squad who was martyred battling Pakistani terrorists in Pathankot air base will be cremated in Kerala on Monday.

Niranjan was martyred while trying to retrieve a live grenade from the body of a dead terrorist on Sunday. Kumar, whose parents hail from here, was settled in Bengaluru. He is survived by his wife and a two-year-old child.

“The body will be brought by road from Bengaluru tomorrow (Monday). It would be placed at a school near here for the public to pay their homage,” said Niranjan Kumar’s uncle.

The officer’s father has left from Bengaluru for Delhi to receive his son’s mortal remains, which will then be brought to Bengaluru on Sunday night. Locals recalled that the officer was popular in the area and was of jovial nature.

The incident took place at the scene of the attack as part of the combing operations that continued through the night, Union home minister Rajnath Singh announced earlier on Sunday.

Four other security men were also injured in the blast. He was a resident of Kerala. Chief minister Oommen Chandy will also be in Palakkad to pay his last respects to the departed officer.