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.’
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.”