, Srinath Rao
| Mumbai, Raipur |
Updated: November 30, 2020 7:44:24 am
Family, friends and colleagues described Assistant Commandant Nitin P Bhalerao, killed in a Maoist attack in Sukma, Chhattisgarh, on Saturday night as someone who strove to be the best at whatever he did, and who led from the front. Ten years ago, he ranked first in basic training as a CRPF Sub-Inspector, and repeated the distinction in jungle warfare training after being inducted into the force’s elite CoBRA unit.
While the 33-year-old died of injuries sustained in the IED blast, seven CoBRA personnel were injured and are now out of danger. The attack happened just 6 km from the Burkapal base camp of CoBRA.
The CRPF said Bhalerao had fought on for seven hours despite losing a lot of blood.
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The Assistant Commandant’s cremation on Sunday evening at Nashik drew friends and locals, apart from family members. Bhalerao is survived by his mother Bharti, wife Rashmi, daughter Vedangi (10), and two brothers. Bharti raised the children on her own after losing her husband when they were very young.
Bhalerao’s birthday was on December 21, and he was planning to return…