PATHANKOTTU/PALAKKAD: The body of Lt Col Niranjan, who died in a grenade blast while on duty, will be brought to Kerala on Monday.
Lt Col Niranjan, a member of the NSG's Bomb Disposal Squad, was killed while he was defusing the grenade at the scene of the terror attack as part of the combing operations that continued through the night. Four other security men were also injured in the blast.
Defence sources said Niranjan, a resident of Kerala, was killed while trying to retrieve the grenade from the body of a dead terrorist.
Niranjan (32), the son of Mannarkkadu Elambilassery Kalarikkal Sivarajan, was an NSG Commando.
Though Niranjan, who had sustained severe injuries, was soon shifted to hospital, his life could not be saved. Niranjan’s body will be flown to New Delhi in the evening and from there to Bangalore. On Monday, it will brought to Kerala. The body will be kept at the school near his house for public viewing later.
Niranjan’s family was residing in Bangalore’s Dodda Bommasandrafor years. Radhika hailing from Pulamanthol is his wife. Two-year old Vismaya is her daughter.
Union Home Minister Rajnath has said the nation is bowing its head before Niranjan Kumar’s sacrifice and his departure is painful.
His uncle told the media on Sunday that the martyred officer's last rites would be performed at his Palakkad hometown on Monday.
"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 a popular personality of the area and had a jovial nature. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will also be in Palakkad to pay his last respects to the departed officer.