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Lt Col Elambulassery Kalarikkal Niranjan was born on 2nd May 1981 to Shri Chandra Shivrajan and Smt Radha Shivrajan. He belonged to the Palghat district of Kerala.  

Service Number  IC-66162L 
Rank Lieutenant Colonel 
Unit 10 Engr Regt 
Regiment The Corps of Engineer 
Award Shaurya Chakra 
Date of Martyrdom 3rd January 2016 

On 1st January 2016, the Air Force Station Pathankot of the Indian Air Force was attacked by a heavily armed terrorist group. Disguised in Indian Army uniforms the terrorists infiltrated the base, after breaching the station security perimeter. The following morning, the Bomb Disposal Team under the leadership of Lt Col Niranjan was launched to undertake Render Safe Procedure (RSP) and Post Blast Operations Analysis (PBOA). Lt Col Niranjan led from the front and effectively handled two dead bodies after neutralizing the booby traps. Lt Col Niranjan continued to carry out the area sanitation during which a booby trap got activated. Lt Col Niranjan absorbed most of the splinters, hence screening his comrades behind him. Lt Col Niranjan later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. 

Lt Col Niranjan EK was awarded “Shaurya Chakra” posthumously for his act of bravery. 

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