Away from the bustling, joyous Independence Day celebrations, Neha Tripathi and her six-year-old daughter Aarna Kumar walked to a small memorial at a CRPF camp to pay tribute to a man, a father and an officer.
Pune 17 Aug 2017 (PCP NEWS DEVENDRA JAIN) : Exactly a year ago, when Central Reserve Police Force officer (CRPF) Commandant Pramod Kumar was martyred in an encounter in Srinagar, minutes after he had unfurled the national flag, was honored posthumously with Kirti Chakra, India’s third highest gallantry award.
“Kirti Chakra” winner Central Reserve Police Force officer Pramod Kumar’s wife Neha Tripathi and their six-year old daughter Arna Kumar pay tribute to him where he fell last year at Srinagar on Tuesday. It was last year, when the brave officer picked up his AK-47 rifle and rushed to the Nowhatta Chowk area after he was told his patrol party was under attack, during the last Independence Day. He suffered a fatal bullet shot in his head during the encounter at Nowhatta Chowk area and succumbed soon after. The Commanding Officer was posted to Srinagar in April 2014 and was promoted as a Commandant only a month before the fateful day, on July 12.
Neha Tripathi and her six-year old daughter Arna Kumar paid tribute to Central Reserve Police Force officer Pramod Kumar and placed a wreath at the martyr’s memorial built at the camp in Srinagar on Independence Day. As if to complete the circle of karma, his widow, Neha Tripathi decided to unfurl the flag at the exact spot a year later. She said that, “I want my 6-year-old daughter (Aarna) to know what her father stood for and what he did. She should know that what is the importance of earning a Kirti Chakra. Hence, I made it a point to be on the same soil where my husband lost his life to mark his first death anniversary,” said Neha.
Martyr Commandant Pramod Kumar had been decorated three times with the CRPF Director General’s commendation in 2015, 2014 and 2011. He had also served in the Special Protection Group (SPG) for three years.The officer joined the CRPF in 1998. One can only imagine how this 32-year-old would have felt when she distributed sweets to the men of the battalion, once commanded by her husband. She also placed a wreath at the martyr’s memorial built at the camp. He belonged from Patna in Bihar but lived in neighboring Jharkhand’s Jamtara District. PCP/DJ 11 30