CRPF pays homage to 40 jawans killed in Pulwama attack

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 2/15/2020 12:49:07 PM

SRINAGAR, Feb 14: CRPF today paid homage to the 40 jawans, who were killed in a suicide attack in Pulwama district last year.
On the first anniversary of Pulwama attack, the CRPF organised a wreath-laying ceremony at Lethpora camp in Pulwama.
CRPF’s special Director General Zulfiquar Hasan and other top security officials also paid tribute to the fallen jawans at the camp in Lethpora.
CRPF dedicated a martyr's column to the memory of the jawans who were killed in the attack.
The memorial has been set up in 185 Battalion of CRPF.
The battalion is two kilometres away from the site where Jaish-e-Mohammed militant Adil Ahmed Dar, driving an explosive-laden car, blew himself next to a convoy of security forces killing the 40 CRPF personnel.
The names of all the 40 personnel along with their pictures was a part of the memorial along with the motto of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) – ‘Seva and Nishtha’ (Service and Loyalty).
"It is a way to pay homage to the brave jawans who lost their lives in the attack," Zulfiquar Hasan told media.
"It definitely was an unfortunate incident and we have learnt our lessons now. We were always extra alert during our movement but now an extra layer of alertness has been added to it," he said.
Umesh Gopinath Jadhav from Maharashtra was the special guest at the wreath-laying ceremony at CRPF campus here to mark a year of the attack.
Jadhav took a 61,000 km long journey across India to meet families of the 40 jawans who lost their lives in the attack.
Jadhav met the affected families and said that he collected the soil from their houses.
"I am proud that I met all the families of Pulwama martyrs, and sought their blessings. Parents have lost their sons, wives lost their husbands, children lost their fathers, friends lost their friends. I collected soil from their houses and their cremation grounds," Jadhav said.
Later, the soil collected by Jadhav was placed at the memorial at CRPF's Lethpora camp.



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