Palakkad: The body of Lt Col Niranjan, who was killed in the grenade blast at Pathankot air base on Sunday, will be cremated at his ancestral home at Elambulassery in Palakkad on Tuesday.
The body was flown to Bangalore from Delhi and was received by the Madras Engineering Group of the Army Monday morning.
The body arrived at Bengaluru International Airport early this morning (Monday) between 12.40 am and 1 am. We brought the body wrapped in the Indian Tricolor to our house," E K Sivarajan, the martyr's father, told reporters in Bengaluru.
The body was taken to BEL grounds for the public to pay their last respects, Sivarajan said.
"He was always interested in the army. I am proud of his sacrifice," Sivarajan said.
Niranjan's sister said, "I look at him as Arjuna (3rd of the Pandava brothers) who fought for his karmabhoomi."
Fellow Army officers in uniform and many prominent and eminent personalities including Rajeev Chandrashekhar MP, paid tributes to the martyr at his residence in Bengaluru.
The body will be flown to his Palakkad residence later the day. It will be kept at KAUP School at Elambassery village, his home town, for the public to pay their last respects before being cremated Tuesday morning.
Born in Bengaluru, Kumar grew up with his two brothers and a sister away from his home state. His father EK Sivaranjan, now a retired BEML employee, moved to the city 40 years ago.
A member of the NSG's Bomb Disposal Squad, Niranjan died after he succumbed to injuries which he sustained while he was trying to retrieve a live grenade from the body of a dead terrorist at the scene of the terror attack as part of the combing operations that continued through Saturday night.
He had joined the Madras Engineering Group of the Army before moving to the NSG.
Kumar is survived by his wife Dr KG Radhika and two-year-old daughter Vismay.