A year on, nation remembers soldiers killed in Pulwama terror attack
Marking the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet that the dead CRPF personnel “devoted their lives serving and protecting our nation”. “India will never forget the martyrdom,” he said.
Around three in the noon, a year ago from today, the Central Reserve Police Force (CPRF)’s convoy was crossing the Srinagar-Jammu national highway in Pulwama district. Suddenly, a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist rammed a vehicle carrying explosives into the convoy.
Around 40 CRPF personnel were killed in the terror attack.
The dastardly strike shook the country and escalated tensions between India and its estranged neighbour Pakistan. In retaliation to Pulwama, India conducted airstrikes in Balakot, located in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), which brought the two South Asian neighbours to the brink of war. But the situation cooled down in the following days due to an intervention by the international community.
February 14, 2020, marks one year of the attack carried out by the Pakistan-based terror outfit.
On Friday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet that the martyred CRPF personnel “devoted their lives serving and protecting our nation”.
“India will never forget the martyrdom,” he said.
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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 14, 2020
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the security personnel made “supreme sacrifice”.
I pay homage to the martyrs of Pulwama attack.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) February 14, 2020
India will forever be grateful of our bravehearts and their families who made supreme sacrifice for the sovereignty and integrity of our motherland.
India has escalated its fight against terrorism at international forums ever since the Pulwama attack and has been mounting pressure on Pakistan, accusing it of harbouring terrorists. Nearly three months after the Pulwama strike, JeM chief Masood Azhar was declared a global terrorist by the United Nations Security Council.
Remembering the Pulwama martyrs, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said “entire nation stands united against terrorism”.
The Indian Air Force paid tribute to the bravehearts of the CRPF “who made the supreme sacrifice in a dastardly terrorist attack”.
Delhi Chief Minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal also paid homage to the martyrs.
पुलवामा में आतंकवादी हमले में आज ही के दिन शहीद हुए जवानों को भावपूर्ण श्रद्धांजलि।— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 14, 2020
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath called it a “supreme sacrifice”. Notably, nearly 12 jawans who were killed in the Pulwama terror attack were from UP.
माँ भारती की सेवा व राष्ट्र-सुरक्षा के प्रति समर्पित भारतीय सेना के जवान राष्ट्र-भक्ति का अप्रतिम उदाहरण हैं।— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) February 14, 2020
14 फरवरी 2019 को जम्मू-कश्मीर के पुलवामा में हुए कायरतापूर्ण आतंकी हमले में शहीद जवानों को कृतज्ञतापूर्ण श्रद्धांजलि।
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Here is the complete list of those who were martyred in the dastardly attack that day:
Head Constable Naseer Ahmad (Jammu and Kashmir)
Constable Sukhjinder Singh (Punjab)
Head Constable Jaimal Singh (Punjab)
Constable Rohitash Lamba (Rajasthan)
Constable Tilak Raj (Himachal Pradesh)
Head Constable Vijay Soreng (Jharkhand)
Constable Vasantha Kumar VV (Kerala)
Constable Subramaniam G (Tamil Nadu)
Constable Manoja Kumar Behera (Odisha)
Constable GD Guru H (Karnataka)
Head Constable Narayan Lal Gurjar (Rajasthan)
Constable Mahesh Kumar (Uttar Pradesh)
Constable Pradeep Kumar (Uttar Pradesh)
Head Constable Hemraj Meena (Rajasthan)
Head Constable PK Sahoo (Odisha)
Constable Ramesh Yadav (Uttar Pradesh)
Head Constable Sanjay Rajput (Maharashtra)
Constable Koushal Kumar Rawat (Uttar Pradesh)
Constable Pradeep Singh (Uttar Pradesh)
Constable Shyam Babu (Uttar Pradesh)
Constable Ajit Kumar Azad (Uttar Pradesh)
Constable Maninder Singh Attri (Punjab)
Head Constable Bablu Santra (West Bengal)
Constable Ashvni Kumar Kaochi (Madhya Pradesh)
Constable Rathod Nitin Shivaji (Maharashtra)
Constable Bhagirath Singh (Rajasthan)
Constable Virendra Singh (Uttarakhand)
Head Constable Awadhesh Kumar Yadav (Uttar Pradesh)
Constable Ratan Kumar Thakur (Bihar)
Constable Pankaj Kumar Tripathi (Uttar Pradesh)
Constable Jeet Ram (Rajasthan)
Constable Amit Kumar (Uttar Pradesh)
Constable Vijay Kr. Mourya (Uttar Pradesh)
Constable Kulwinder Singh (Punjab)
Head Constable Maneswar Bsumatari (Assam)
Assistant Sub Inspector Mohan Lal (Uttarakhand)
Head Constable Sanjay Kumar Sinha (Bihar)
Head Constable Ram Vakeel (Uttar Pradesh)
Constable Sudeep Biswas (West Bengal)
Constable Sivachandran (Tamil Nadu)