Granting him a two year extension in the CRPF proved to be costly. CRPF head constable who was martyred in the Chhattisgarh naxalite attack had promised his family that he would be back in two months. He was due to retire from service in 30 days, but as fate would have it, he never returned. Relatives were in a state of shock and disbelief when his body arrived at the Avichakudi village in Thiruvarur district in Tamil Nadu. Padmanabhan and his colleague Senthil Kumar from the same region were killed in the naxal attack on Monday.