India will never forget the martyrdom of the security personnel killed in last year’s Pulwama attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on February 14th, 2020. He said the slain Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were “exceptional individuals” who devoted their lives to serving and protecting the nation.
On February 14th, 2019, a convoy of vehicles carrying CRPF personnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a vehicle-borne suicide bomber at Lethpora in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. Forty CRPF personnel were killed in the terror attack including one from Assam’s Baksa district, Maneswar Basumatary.
“Tributes to the brave martyrs who lost their lives in the gruesome Pulwama attack last year. They were exceptional individuals who devoted their lives to serving and protecting our nation. India will never forget their martyrdom,” tweeted Modi.
The CRPF also posted a remembrance tweet. In the tweet, the CRPF said that they have not forgiven or forgotten the attack.
“The songs of your valour are not lost in the harsh noise/ We were so proud that we didn’t cry for long,” the force tweeted in Hindi.
“WE DID NOT FORGET, WE DID NOT FORGIVE: We salute our brothers who sacrificed their lives in the service of the nation in Pulwama. Indebted, we stand with the families of our valiant martyrs,” it added in English.
Union Home Minister also paid homage to the martyrs of the Pulwama attack. Shah said India will “forever” be grateful to “our bravehearts and their families who made supreme sacrifice for the sovereignty and integrity of our motherland”.
A memorial to the 40 CRPF personnel martyred in the Pulwama terror attack will be inaugurated at the Lethpora camp on February 14th, 2020.
The names of all the martyred 40 CRPF jawan along with their photographs will be part of the memorial. It will also display the CRPF’s motto – ‘Seva our Nishtha’ (Service and Loyalty).
On the other hand, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, while paying tributes to the martyrs, asked who benefited the most from the attack and what is the outcome of the inquiry into it. He also asked who in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government had been held accountable for the security lapses that allowed the attack.
“Today as we remember our 40 CRPF martyrs in the #PulwamaAttack, let us ask: 1. Who benefited the most from the attack? 2. What is the outcome of the inquiry into the attack? 3. Who in the BJP Govt has yet been held accountable for the security lapses that allowed the attack?” he wrote on Twitter.
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