The body of Keralite NSG officer Niranjan Kumar, killed in the operation at the Indian Air Force base in Punjab’s Pathankot town, was brought to his residence in Bengaluru on Monday morning.
The mortal remains will be brought back to his hometown in Palakkad later on Monday for the last rites.
Lt. Col. Niranjan Kumar of the National Security Guard was killed in ‘mopping up operations’ in Pathankot, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said on Sunday.
Niranjan Kumar, whose parents hail from Palakkad, was settled in Bengaluru. He is survived by his wife and a twoyearold child. His uncle told the media on Sunday that the martyred officer’s last rites would be performed here 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 had gone to Delhi from Bengaluru to receive his son’s mortal remains. 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.