Year on from Pulwama terror attack, memorial for 40 CRPF jawans to be inaugurated in Jammu and Kashmir's Lethpora camp

  • The names of all the 40 personnel along with their pictures will be part of the memorial along with the moto of the Central Reserve Police Force.

  • 'The supreme sacrifices of the 40 jawans has furthered increased 'our resolve to eliminate enemies of the country', said ADG of CRPF Zulfiquar Hasan.

  • The Ministry of Home Affairs had also allowed the CRPF to carry its troops by air to avoid the possibility of any such attack.

Srinagar: A memorial to the 40 CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama terror attack in February, 2019, will be inaugurated at the Lethpora camp on Friday, a top official said.

"It is a way to pay homage to the brave jawans who lost their lives in the attack," Additional Director General of CRPF Zulfiquar Hasan said on Thursday in Srinagar after a visit to the site where the memorial has been erected.

 Year on from Pulwama terror attack, memorial for 40 CRPF jawans to be inaugurated in Jammu and Kashmirs Lethpora camp

Representational image. PTI

The names of all the 40 personnel along with their pictures will be part of the memorial along with the moto of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) – Seva and Nishtha (Service and Loyalty).

"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," Hasan told PTI in Srinagar.

The supreme sacrifices of the 40 jawans has furthered increased "our resolve to eliminate enemies of the country".

"We fight with extra vigour during an encounter with terrorists and that is why we were able to eliminate the entire Jaish-e-Mohammed commanders immediately after the attack on our jawans," he said.

While he refused to talk about the precaution that was taken during troop movements in the aftermath of the 14 February attack, officials in the security establishment said the movement of troops is now done in coordination with other security forces and the army.

The Ministry of Home Affairs had also allowed the CRPF to carry its troops by air to avoid the possibility of any such attack.

The Jammu and Kashmir government had imposed a ban on plying of private vehicles on two days in a week to facilitate movement of troops. The order was later rescinded after the situation became normal.

The process of bullet-proofing of vehicles carrying the troops was expedited and more and more bunker-type vehicles were seen on roads carrying the jawans.

The memorial has been set up inside a CRPF camp adjacent to the place where Jem terrorist Adeel Ahmed Dar, driving an explosive-laden car, blew himself next to a convoy of security forces killing the 40 personnel.

Almost all the conspirators behind the dastardly attack have since been killed with the last one being Qari Yasir, the self-styled chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group, who was killed in January, 2020.

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Updated Date: Feb 14, 2020 10:24:35 IST