Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid their tributes to the 40 CRPF Jawans who lost their lives in the Pulwama attack on this day. Last year, on this day around 3:00 pm, 40 CRPF personnel were killed when their convoy was targeted by a suicide bomber in Pulwama district, which belonged to Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammed.
PM Modi tweeted this morning, “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.”
The Central Reserve Police Force personnel also paid tributes to their personnel who martyred on 14th Feb 2019. Umesh Gopinath Jadhav from Maharashtra was the special guest at the wreath-laying ceremony at the CRPF campus. He made a 61,000 km long journey across India to meet families of the 40 jawans.
“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
“I pay homage to the martyrs of Pulwama attack. India will forever be grateful of our bravehearts and their families who made supreme sacrifice for the sovereignty and integrity of our motherland,” tweeted Amit Shah.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh also tweeted a tribute. “Remembering the fallen @crpfindia personnel who were martyred during the dastardly attack in Pulwama (J&K) on this day in 2019. India will never forget their sacrifice. Entire nation stands united against terrorism and we are committed to continue our fight against this menace.”
Soon after the attack, the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) released a video clip of the suicide bomber and took the responsibility of the deadly attack. The Indian Air Force fighter jets on February 26, 2019, took a tit-for-tat action and dropped bombs in Pakistan’s Balakot, destroying a significant training camp of terror outfit JeM.