Palakkad: Slogans of 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' rent the air as the body of Lt Colonel E K Niranjan Kumar, a bomb expert with the National Security Guard who was killed while defusing a grenade at the scene of the terror attack at Pathankot IAF base, was brought to his home town in Palakkad from Bengaluru on Monday.
Hundreds of people converged at the Victoria College ground here to pay their tributes to the braveheart.
The body 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.
Wrapped in the Indian Tricolor, the body arrived at Bengaluru International Airport early this morning (Monday) between 12.40 am and 1 am. It was taken to BEL grounds for the public to pay their last respects, Sivarajan said.
In Bengaluru, teary-eyed people filed past the body as the martyr's family members sat near it. "He was always interested in the army. I am proud of his sacrifice," Niranjan's father Sivarajan said.
Niranjan's sister said, "I look at him as Arjuna who fought for his karmabhoomi."
He hailed from Palakkad in Kerala and is survived by his wife Dr Radhika and a 18-month-old daughter.
Fellow army officers and many prominent and eminent personalities paid tributes to the martyr at his residence.
Thirty two-year-old Niranjan, whose family stays in Bangalore, was commissioned in the Engineers Regiment of the Army in 2004.
Niranjan, head of the elite bomb squad of the NSG, was killed while defusing an IED at Pathankot IAF base, yesterday.
He was among seven security personnel killed in the terrorist attack there.