This CRPF officer had unfurled Tricolour an hour before he died fighting terrorists in Kashmir

IG CRPF Atul Gerewal earlier told The Indian Express that Pramod Kumar was a "dynamic officer."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 16, 2016 2:37 pm


nowhatta attack, srinagar attack, independence day attack, independence day, nowhatta attack dead, crpf commandant dead, crpf dead, srinagar militants, srinagar terror attack, srinagar indpendence day, jamm kashmir militants, jammu kashmir crpf, jammu kashmir independence day, jammu kashmir news, india news CRPF Commandant Pramod Kumar unfurling the national flag on Monday in Nowhatta, Srinagar. (ANI Photo)

CRPF commandant Pramod Kumar had led Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar on Monday and unfurled the national flag in front of other officers. But tragically just an hour later, he died fighting terrorists in the Nowhatta area of the old city of Srinagar, the first militant attack in the area in a decade. Two militants were also killed in the encounter.

According to the CRPF, the militants had taken shelter in an abandoned building near the iconic Jama Masjid and opened fire on a law and order team in Nowhatta. The gun battle lasted for four hours. Both CRPF and police personnel had taken part in the offensive which resulted in injuries to eight CRPF personnel, one policeman and the death of Pramod Kumar. The CRPF suspects the involvement of the Lashkar-e-Taiba in the attack as the militants were found to be ‘foreigners.’

CRPF commandant Pramod Kumar (Photo: Twitter/CRPF) CRPF commandant Pramod Kumar (Photo: Twitter/CRPF)

Earlier today, last rites of Kumar was conducted in Jamtara, Jharkhand where he belongs. A gun salute was also paid. On Monday, a wreath-laying ceremony was held in Humhama, Srinagar to commemorate the fallen officer, which was attended by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti as well.

Kumar is survived by his wife, a daughter and his father. He was promoted as the Commanding Officer of the 49 battalion on July 12. IG CRPF Atul Gerewal earlier told The Indian Express that Kumar was a “dynamic officer.”

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  1. G
    Aug 16, 2016 at 12:14 pm
    Don't sacrifice your life just to save the fat of deable pandits., security forces.
    1. K
      Aug 16, 2016 at 1:52 pm
      He has been butchered by ill planned action. You can't fight prolonged war in someone's courtyard
      1. A
        Aug 16, 2016 at 12:52 pm
        CRPF is India's largest force with 100% accountability but 0;br/gt;it has no defined role for which it can be trained. The "reserve: in their name implies they can be deplo anywhere where local police;br/gt;I salute the Force and its Martyr who do duty in all corners of the country.
        1. N
          NAVIN ASTI
          Aug 16, 2016 at 10:24 am
          In India,it has become a fashion to shelter people harming National interest,that too in the name of freedom of expression. Sicular politicians and even Indian Media is also fond of it,especially some English ones,print as well as electronic ones.Politicians for vote-begging and Media for TRP as well as nefarious overseas connections.Can these selfish JAMAT understand that Nation's pride should be above all.No harm to be against any political party.But no right to speak damaging the Nation.If Nation will not remain,there freedom of expression will vanish in air.None of these people speak a single word for the loss of precious lives for our Jawans and create a rhetoric for the killing of Anti-India elements without a single word for our Jawans who are beaten or even killed by the same elements.WILL THESE SAME POLITICIANS AND MEDIA CROOKS DARE TO GO TO THE BORDER IF THESE JAWANS ARE NOT THERE TO PERFORM NATIONAL SERVICE?These he/she should not sit in the A.C. rooms and go on bluffing what is harming national interests,but should first go on the border to serve the Nationfamous 2G-LOOT players and Nira Radia companions involved in making their pithhoos,ministers should stop their filthy business of getting this Nation harmed to irreversible stage just for their Anti-National interests.
          1. D
            Aug 16, 2016 at 3:02 pm
            We salute you who have attained veergati in defence of our motherland. Respect. Respect. Respect.
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