They will rise from the dead and answer when the duty shall call them. Lieutenant Colonel Niranjan Kumar of the National Security Guard (NSG) was the lead member of the bomb disposal squad instructed with the mopping up operations in Pathankot.
In wake of the terrorist attack at the Pathankot airbase, the National Security Guards were called for combing up the operations and neutralizing the terrorists. Lt. Col. Niranjan, a senior officer of the bomb disposal squad was killed on the morning of January 3rd, 2016 while defusing a grenade at the scene of terrorist assault at the Pathankot airbase. Lt. Col. Niranjan was trying to retrieve a grenade from the body of a dead terrorist which accidentally exploded claiming his life and the lives of three other defense personnel.
The grenade that was lodged into the body of a terrorist went off while Lt. Col. Niranjan was trying to defuse it. After further investigations it was found to be an Improvised Explosive Device that accidentally exploded during the mopping up operations.
Lt. Col. Niranjan was born in Bengaluru and lived there along with his family. His family roots can be traced back to their native village in the Palakkad district of Kerala. Niranjan was commissioned in the Engineers Regiment of the Army in the year 2004. He later joined the National Security Guard (NSG) as a member of the bomb disposal squad. Lt. Col. Niranjan moved to Delhi three years ago to serve the duties of an NSG commando.
The indomitable valour and bravery Lt. Col. Niranjan displayed is commendable and deserves a big salute. The family of Niranjan is proud of his courage. His proud father said that when he had called his brave son, Niranjan replied that he was engaged in an operation and would call him back as soon as possible. Lt. Col. Niranjan’s sister said her brother is like Arjuna and is proud of the valiant display of her brother’s courage. The brave statements given by the family of Lt. Col. Niranjan teaches us a valuable lesson in our life.
The grenade blast took away Lt. Col. Niranjan on the spot and three other security men succumbed to their injuries in the hospital. His supreme act of heroism shall be remembered across our nation for several days to come. An inspiration to all the NSG commandos, Lt. Col. Niranjan shall surely etch his name in the Hall of Fame of the National Security Guards. The grit and valour with which he detonated the other bombs before falling down to a grenade was certainly an act of fearlessness and dauntless spirit.
The 35-year-old martyr, Lt. Col. Niranjan is survived by his wife and his two-year-old daughter. An expert on explosives, he was a very brave soldier who sacrificed his life for his country. The nation shall remember the supreme sacrifice of this NSG commando with utmost respect. The wholeheartedness, dedication and professionalism he served the nation with shall inspire and motivate our countrymen especially the National Security Guards in the years to come. Lt. Col. Niranjan left for the heavenly abode on Sunday, 3rd of January, 2016 in guarding his mother, Mother India.