The Lt Col Niranjan Kumar, who was killed in the operation at the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot, was brought back to his hometown near Kerala today for the last rites.
Niranjan, who was with the National Security Guard (NSG), was killed while attempting to move the body of a terrorist, who had improvised an munitions device under his body.
Niranjan Kumar was settled in Bengaluru and his parents hail from Kerala. He is survived by his wife and a two-year-old daughter.
His uncle said to the media on Sunday that the martyred officer’s last rites would be performed at Palakkad in Kerala.
“He called me yesterday and told me he was in some operation. He was always interested in army. I am proud of his sacrifice. I have 4 children. Third is Niranjan. He did mechanical engineering and went to army. He was in army for 12 years and in NSG for 1 year and 10 months,” said E K Sivarajan, father of Lt Col Niranjan Kumar.