Martyr Lt Col Niranjan Kumar: Born in Bengaluru, his heart was in Kerala

His uncle Harikrishnan told The Indian Express that Niranjan Kumar used to visit his relatives in Kerala during festivals and got married three years ago in Elambassery.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: January 3, 2016 8:59 pm
Lt Col Niranjan Kumar, NSG Niranjan Kumar. Pathankot attack Palakkad: Friends and relatives arrive to pay tributes to Lt Col Niranjan Kumar (inset), the National Security Guards (NSG) commando who was killed in a grenade blast at the air base at Pathankot, at his home in Palakkad, Kerala on Sunday. (Source: PTI)

NSG commando Lt Col Niranjan Kumar, who was killed in the grenade blast at Pathankot air base on Sunday, lost his mother at a young age. Born in Bengaluru, Kumar grew up with his two brothers and a sister away from his home state Kerala.

His father EK Sivaranjan, now a retired BEML employee, moved to the city 40 years ago. Kumar’s family roots can be traced to Elambassery village in Palakkad district. His uncle Harikrishnan told The Indian Express that Kumar used to visit his relatives in Kerala during festivals and got married three years ago in Elambassery.

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“He had visited us during the last Onam festival in September,” said his uncle. “I last spoke to him in October when he called to inform me about his promotion. He was very happy. He sent me pictures of his daughter through WhatsApp.”

Kumar is survived by his wife Dr KG Radhika and two-year-old daughter Vismay. A member of the NSG’s bomb disposal squad, he was killed while defusing a grenade at the site of terror attack during mopping operations. He had joined the Madras Engineering Group of the Army before moving to the NSG.

Family sources said the body would be cremated at the native village. The body would be flown to Bangalore from Delhi before being taken to Palakkad.

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    AIyer
    Jan 3, 2016 at 8:13 pm
    May his soul rest in peace! May God give strength to his family to bear this loss!
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      Sirius
      Jan 3, 2016 at 2:20 pm
      Sincere condolences to the family of Lt Col Niranjan from a grateful nation. We shall not forgive, we shall not forget ...
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        SYED_SHERE_IS_RIGHT
        Jan 3, 2016 at 6:28 pm
        S SHERE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. It is not indians. That is only a 68 year old phenomena. It is the brahmins who cannot keep their fingers, arms, tongues, their filthy little brains, noses, to themselves which is a 3000 year old phenomena. They derive a great pervert pleasure in poking them at other castes, religion, country. Hiding and misusing Hinduism, what the Brahmins do is deable.
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          Hindu
          Jan 3, 2016 at 6:33 pm
          Wonder if the mourning would be same if the victim is form a different religion!
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            Moka
            Jan 4, 2016 at 9:58 am
            Condolences to this Hero's family. I wonder why robots are not yet being used in the Army? Even San Bernardino city police used robots to diffuse the bombs. Atleast , NSG should have those.
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              Logical Indian
              Jan 3, 2016 at 7:58 pm
              Media has been given a toss and I loved it
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              1. मनीष
                Jan 3, 2016 at 11:48 pm
                Every time when India is terrorized by stanis, Indian Muslims have provided support to those stani terrorists. Enough is enough. Excluding the SICKulars, any Indian who wants to contribute to the war against terrorism in India, should stop buying things made in an Islamic country and stop doing business with a Muzzie owned store/business. You have to act and do your duty as well!
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                1. मनीष
                  Jan 3, 2016 at 11:49 pm
                  Every time when India is terrorized by stanis, Indian Muslims have provided support to those stani terrorists. Enough is enough. Excluding the SICKulars, any Indian who wants to contribute to the war against terrorism in India, should stop buying things made in an Islamic country and stop doing business with a Muzzie owned store/business. You have to act and do your duty as well!
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                    Sundarkrishnaa
                    Jan 4, 2016 at 5:28 am
                    what a bloody le inappropriate to this occasion, heart in kerala ? he has given his life for nation ,author want to project that person who died is a mallu that its it .for argument sake, u need to understand though native land is where the roots are tied, but the place where we are born and brought is more affinity to our heart ,kerala marketing by malayee media journalists even in the death house. unbearable
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                      Vishnu E
                      Jan 3, 2016 at 1:50 pm
                      His name is Lt Col E K Niranjan.. Not Niranjan kumar.. Please show his real name for God s sake!!
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                        Santhosh
                        Jan 6, 2016 at 4:17 am
                        Rest in Peace. Most Salute...
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                          anil
                          Jan 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm
                          My heartfelt condolences to the family of Lt. Niranjan. Salute his bravery and sacrifice. May his soul rest in peace. As Indians each of us should stand by their family's side in this hour of untold grief that the wife, small child and his parents are going through. May God give them all the strength to tide over this tragedy. CRUSH THE TERRORISTS SHOULD BE THE MANTRA OF THE ARMED FORCES AND THE GOVERNMENT, THEY SHOULD SPEAK IN ONE VOICE.
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                            ashok madaan
                            Jan 3, 2016 at 3:42 pm
                            Salute to the brave soldier rest in peace
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                              Ashok Kumar
                              Jan 4, 2016 at 11:00 am
                              Absolutely inappropriate le. Im sure as an army man -he is Indian first and remains Indian always- not Bangalore or Kerala. Pls dont mislead young Indians and patriotic Indian. This le needs to be corrected-as a mark of respect for the deed this brave officer has done for the nation.
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                                Ashok Kumar
                                Jan 4, 2016 at 10:57 am
                                His father worked for Bharat Electronics Ltd ( BEL). May his soul rest in peace! A braveheart and a role model for the young serving nation for all our safe sleep and rest. Heart felt condolences to the family and god give them strength the go thru these trying times.
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                                  Bangalore Balu
                                  Jan 5, 2016 at 11:37 am
                                  Big Salute, may soul rest in peace.
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                                    ub
                                    Jan 3, 2016 at 4:40 pm
                                    s shere free Kashmir of rats like you??. Dont forget that this is the land of Bhagawad gita Every Indian will fight for Kashmir as it is the property of India and is ready to die. The more you take the name of Kashmir the more stronger our resolve will be. Actually it is a good idea to hang those who raise anti India slogans.stan will automatically attack us and we can kill the vermin once for all. Are you even educated and did you read history at all or are just listening to your handlers in stan? Kashmir's accession to India is unequivocal. It is a shame that even Allah's warning in Mecca to all these so called Jehadists and your other brothers has not sated your greed for blood . By naming this depravation as jihad you will cause the religion to be banned all over the world and then you wont have any place to complain. We shall wait for justice and we know it will come very soon.
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                                      Bhagwandas Gupta
                                      Jan 4, 2016 at 10:02 am
                                      IT IS A VERY SAD NEWS FOR ALL OF US THAT WE LOST OUR ONE BRAVE OFFICER FROM N.S.G GROUP OF ARMY.OUR OTHER SOLDIERS FROM N.S.G ,AIR FORCE .ETC GAVE THEIR LIFE IN PROTECTING PATANKOT AIR BASE.MY HEARTY CONDOLENCE TO ALL OF THEM.
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                                        Bhagwandas Gupta
                                        Jan 4, 2016 at 10:14 am
                                        Our Indian leaders ,Ministers ,defence minstry do not bother for our soldiers killed in attack by terrorists.They have different thinking.They think soldiers and officers of Indian Army ,Air Force ,navy are made for their sacrifices .They are being paid for that.But again not very good opinion of our leaders for our soldiers who are being killed almost daily by terrorists .
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                                          bharat thakur
                                          Jan 16, 2016 at 12:19 am
                                          sorry no tears for soldiers.
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                                            bruce
                                            Jan 7, 2016 at 10:45 am
                                            Salute! from a friend of India in Sydney Australia. Such a loss, but I know from reading news that India has many heroes. Vale.
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