The body of Lt Col EK Niranjan of the National Security Guard, who was killed while on duty in the terror-hit Pathankot IAF base, reached Elambulassery in Palakkad as thousands of people gathered to paid their last respects to martyr.
The mortal remains are now being kept at KUP School there for public to pay homage and people have turned up in large numbers. The last rites will be performed today. Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala will attend the cremation with full state-honours.
The mortal remains of the martyred NSG commando officer were brought here Monday evening. The body was kept at his ancestral home at Elambulassery in Mannarkkad taluk over the night and was taken to the school ground around 8 am on Tuesday.
The body was brought here from Bengaluru in a special helicopter and then taken to the officer’s ancestral village Elambulassery, located about 25 km from Palakkad.
32-year-old Niranjan, head of the elite bomb squad of the NSG, was killed while defusing an IED at Pathankot IAF base, on Sunday. He was among seven security personnel killed in the terrorist attack.
Expressing sorrow over the death of the officer, CM Chandy said he shared the family’s grief.
District administration officials and MLAs, including A.K. Balan, K. Achuthan and M. Hamsa, were among the large number of people present when the body was brought to Palakkad.
Besides army and air force officials, Niranjan’s father E.K. Sivarajan and wife Dr Radhika also accompanied the body of the departed officer.