CRPF jawan Pradeep Kumar Panda had cheated death in 2016 while his seniors in CRPF died in a terror attack in Kashmir, but his luck ran out on Sunday when he fell to the bullets of Jaish-e-Mohammed’s fidayeen squad. Panda, part of the Quick Reaction Team of CRPF’s 132 battalion was one of the four jawans who died on January 31 in Kashmir’s Pulwama.
In August 2016, Panda had taken on armed terrorists during an attack on Nowhatta Chowk Centre during Independence Day celebrations. According to senior CRPF officers, Panda kept firing at the terrorists even when his commandant Pramod Kumar was shot through the skull in last year’s attack.
“The QRT team had faced heavy firing right from the time when they were deployed at the Nowhatta Chowk. But they kept fighting undeterred,” a CRPF official said.