Pulwama Terror Attack A Complete List Of The Martyred CRPF Jawans:
PULWAMA TERROR ATTACK
On 14 February 2019, a convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel on the Jammu Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a vehicle-bound suicide bomber in Lethpora near Awantipora, Pulwama district, Jammu and Kashmir, India. The attack resulted in the death of 46 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and the attacker. The responsibility for the attack was claimed by the Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed.
Jaish-e-Mohammed: Jaish-e-Mohammed (Urdu: جيش محمد, literally "The Army of Muhammad", abbreviated as JeM) is a Pakistan-based Deobandi jihadist group active in Kashmir.The group's primary motive is to separate Kashmir from India and merge it into Pakistan. It has carried out several attacks primarily in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It also maintained close relations with Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and continues to be allied to them. According to B. Raman, Jaish-e-Mohammed is viewed as the "deadliest" and "the principal terrorist organisation in Jammu and Kashmir". The group has been designated as a terrorist organisation by Pakistan, Russia, Australia, Canada, India, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States and the United Nations.
On 20 April 2000, JeM carried out the first suicide bombing in Kashmir, exploding a bomb in an Indian army barracks. Five Indian soldiers were killed.
Following the September 11 attacks in New York, the Musharraf government joined the United States in the War on Terror, assuming that the move would give it a free hand in supporting militancy in Kashmir. In October 2001, JeM carried out a bombing near the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly, killing 38 people and claiming responsibility for it. In December 2001, JeM and LeT militants launched a fidayeen attack on the Indian Parliament waging a battle with the security personnel. Eight security personnel and a gardener were killed, but the attack was foiled. JeM claimed responsibility for the attack, but removed the announcement a day later under pressure from the ISI. The Indian Government accused the LeT and JeM of being involved in the attack. Subsequently, four JeM members were caught by Indian authorities and put on trial. All four were found guilty of playing various roles in the incident. One of the accused, Afzal Guru, was sentenced to death.
PAKISTAN DENIES ANY ROLE IN THE ATTACK It claims to have "incontrovertible evidence" of its neighbour's involvement but has not provided it. Pakistan denies any role in the attack by militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad, which is based on its soil. Thursday's bombing of the convoy was the deadliest attack on Indian forces in the region for decades. Federal Minister Arun Jaitley said India would take "all possible diplomatic steps" to cut Pakistan off from the international community. But a Pakistani minister has asked India to reveal their evidence, and offered to help them investigate the attack. There has been an insurgency in Indian-administered Kashmir since the late 1980s but violence has risen in recent years.
On 14 February 2019, a convoy of 78 vehicles transporting more than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel from Jammu to Srinagar was traveling on National Highway 44. The convoy had left Jammu around 3:30 IST and was carrying a large number of personnel due to the highway having been shut down for two days prior. The convoy was scheduled to reach the destination before sunset. At Lethapora near Awantipora, around 15:15 IST, a bus carrying security personnel was rammed by a Mahindra Scorpio SUV carrying explosives. It caused a blast which killed at least 46 CRPF personnel of the 76th Battalion and injured many others. The injured were moved to the army base hospital in Srinagar.
Terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) said its operative carried out the attack and identified the man as Dar, a 22-year-old south Kashmir resident who lived roughly 10km away from where he attacked the CRPF convoy, killing 40 troopers had died as the bomb tore through a bus, reducing it to a heap of twisted metal and spreading human remains in a radius of around 80 metres. A senior explosives expert in the security establishment explained that Supergel-90 “acts an incendiary device and can multiply the potency of the main explosive”.
A CRPF official said the bus that came under attack was fifth in the convoy, with the next bus travelling at a distance of around 50 metres behind. All 39 travelling in the bus number five died in the attack, while another CRPF trooper, who was part of the Road-Opening-Party stationed on the highway, was also killed.
THE ATTACK UNFOLDED
The bomber used a vehicle packed with explosives to ram a convoy of 78 buses carrying Indian security forces on the heavily guarded Srinagar-Jammu highway about 20km (12 miles) from the capital, Srinagar. The bomber is reported to be Adil Dar, a high school dropout who left home in March 2018. He is believed to be between the ages of 19 and 21
Soon after the attack, Jaish-e-Mohammad released a video in which a young man identified as Dar spoke about what he described as atrocities against Kashmiri Muslims. He said he had joined the group in 2018 and was eventually "assigned" the task of carrying out the attack in Pulwama.
UP &DOWN DURING THE YEAR CRPF has 61 battalions, 48 in Kashmir and 13 in Jammu, besides other formations. The total strength is 65,000. CRPF convoy moves from Jammu to Srinagar (271 km) and viceversa on alternate days. In summer it is regular but landslide and snowfall makes it erratic in winter Jammu camp has capacity to accommodate only 1,000 personnel. If snow blocks highway, personnel are shifted to nearby locations. Number of stranded personnel may reach 4,000 at times. Convoy strength increased to clear ‘pile-up’. On February 4, convoy had 91 vehicles with 2,871 transients. Plying lesser number of vehicles reduces risk but not good enough to stop suicide attacks.
SIMILAR ATTACKS: *Nine IED blasts, including two in Pulwama, in 2018, no casualties
*Attack on CRPF ROP in Nawgam on Dec 11, 2013, 1 personnel killed
*Attack on CRPF ROP on Dec 3, 2014, in Pulwama, 1 killed
*CRPF convoy attacked on Dec 7, 2015, in Pampore, 5 injured
*CRPF convoy attacked on Feb 20, 2016, 2 killed
*CRPF convoy attacked on June 25,2016, 8 killed
*Attack on ROP on May 11, 2015, in Bejbiera, 2 killed
*Amarnath Yatra convoy attacked on July 10, 2017, 7 pilgrims killed
REACTIONS India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "The attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs. May the injured recover quickly," he said. He also said, "I pay tribute to soldiers who lost their lives in Pulwama attack. Our security forces have been given full freedom. We have full faith in their bravery. Terrorists will pay a heavy price." Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured that a strong response will be given to the terror attack.
Nepal: Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi to condole the deaths of the security personnel.
Pakistan: In a press release by the foreign office, Pakistan officially denied the allegation of a link to the attack.
Russia: The Russian embassy in India issued a statement saying: "We denounce terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and reiterate the need to combat these inhuman acts with decisive and collective response without any double standards. May we express sincere condolences to the grieving families of the deceased and wish a speedy recovery to those injured."
Singapore: Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan said, "I am saddened to hear of the brutal terror attack in Pulwama that has resulted in the tragic loss of life and injury. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the victims and families who have lost their loved ones. Singapore strongly condemns such senseless acts of terror and our thoughts and prayers are with the people of India at this time. We also hope for a speedy recovery for those who have been injured."
Sri Lanka: President Maithripala Sirisena condemned the attack saying, "extremely saddened about dastardly terror attack killing 40 Central Reserve Police Force Jawans in Balawanapur, South Kashmir. The world must condemn such brutal terrorist attacks and take effective action to prevent such incidents in future." Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, calls it the worst since 1989.
UAE: The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the terrorist attack, offered condolences, and called on the international community to unify efforts in confronting extremism and terrorism that pose a threat to global security and stability.
USA: The United States Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster tweeted: "The U.S. Mission in India strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack in Jammu & Kashmir. We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. The United States stands alongside India in confronting terror and defeating it."
France, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Maldives have also condemned the terror attack.
Here is a complete list of the martyred CRPF jawans:
1. Naseer Ahmad (Jammu and Kashmir)
2. Jaimal Singh (Punjab)
3. Sukhjinder Singh (Punjab)
4. Tilak Raj (Himachal Pradesh)
5. Rohitash Lamba (Rajasthan)
6. Vijay Soreng (Jharkhand)
7. Vasantha Kumar VV (Kerala)
8. Subramaniam G (Tamil Nadui)
9. Manoja Kumar Behera (Odisha)
10. GD Guru H (Karnataka)
11. Narayan Lal Gurjar (Rajasthan)
12. Mahesh Kumar (Uttar Pradesh)
13. Pradeep Kumar (Uttar Pradesh)
14. Hemraj Meena (Rajasthan)
15. PK Sahoo (Odisha)
16. Ramesh Yadav (Uttar Pradesh)
17. Sanjay Rajput (Maharashtra)
18. Koushal Kumar Rawat (Uttar Pradesh)
19. Pradeep Singh (Uttar Pradesh)
20. Shyam Babu (Uttar Pradesh)
21. Ajit Kumar Azad (Uttar Pradesh)
22. Maninder Singh Attri (Punjab)
23. Bablu Santra (West Bengal)
24. Ashvni Kumar Kaochi (Madhya Pradesh)
25. Rathod Nitin Shivaji (Maharashtra)
26. Bhagirathi Singh (Rajasthan)
27. Virendra Singh (Uttarakhand)
28. Awadhesh Kumar Yadav (Uttar Pradesh)
29. Ratan Kumar Thakur (Bihar)
30. Kankaj Kumar Tripathi (Uttar Pradesh)
31. Jeet Ram (Rajasthan)
32. Amit Kumar (Uttar Pradesh)
33. Vijay Kr. Mourya (Uttar Pradesh)
34. Kulwinder Singh (Punjab)
35. Maneswar Bsumatari (Assam)
36. Mohan Lal (Uttarakhand)
37. Sanjay Kumar Sinha (Bihar)
38. Ram Vakeel (Uttar Pradesh)
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister has announced an-exgratia of Rs 25 lakh to the families of the 12 CRPF jawans from UP who were killed in the Pulwama terror attack on Thursday.
The NIA team that has left for Kashmir is being headed by G Mukesh Singh, a 1996 batch J&K cadre officer. The 12-member team will start investigating the attack soon. Singh is currently on deputation with NIA. He has handled terror-related cases including the ones in Nagrota, Sunjuwan and Uri.
he attack took place after a suicide bomber in a Mahindra Scorpio car loaded with 350 kilograms of explosives rammed into a convoy carrying over 2500 CRPF troops on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday condemned the Pulwama terror attack that was carried out on Thursday where 37 CRPF jawans were brutally killed. "The terrorists have committed a huge mistake, they will pay for it," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. “I pay tribute to soldiers who lost their lives in the Pulwama attack. Our security forces have been given full freedom. We have full faith in their bravery,” the Prime Minister said. “The forces behind this act of terrorism and those responsible for it will be definitely be punished.”
PM Modi further said, “If our neighbour which is totally isolated in the world thinks it can destabilise India through its tactics and conspiracies, then it is making a big mistake.”
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