In a bolt from the blue, a convoy of CRPF personnel was attacked by terrorists. While one terrorist rammed his explosives laden vehicle into the front vehicles, others shot at the remaining 75 vehicles in the convoy. Over 40 constables have died in this murderous attack on the CRPF convoy.
According to news reports, a large CRPF convoy, comprising more than 2500 CRPF personnel was moving from Jammu towards their respective locations in the Kashmir Valley. Since the weather was quite bad for the past few days, the convoy had to delay their operations for a while. They were caught in an ambush on the Srinagar – Jammu Highway at Latoomode in Awantipora, situated in the Pulwama district of the state of Jammu & Kashmir & Ladakh.
A terrorist driving the explosives laden vehicle rammed his bus into the front buses of the cordon. The massive explosions destroyed two buses in one go, while other buses were shot at by unidentified assailants. According to the experts, the explosives comprised of IEDs as well, and this led to the massive casualties.
It later turned out that the a local cell of the notorious terror outfit Jaish E Muhammad was behind this dastardly attack, as confirmed by a snippet released by the same to a local Kashmiri news portal GNS. The deceased terrorist was a local Kashmiri, Alim Ahmed Dar, who hailed from Kakrapora in Pulwama district of the state.
The attack killed over 40 CRPF constables many were left injured. The exact casualties are yet to be figured out, and it is feared that the number of martyrs can rise as well.
The authorities have sprung into action without delay as of now, and a top level committee has been formed to discuss about the positive actions, chaired by the National Security Adviser, Shri Ajit Doval. PM Narendra Modi was aghast on hearing about the cowardly attacks, as evident from the following tweet:-
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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 14, 2019
It needs no rocket science to understand that this attack was a desperate signal to show how frustrated the Pakistani terrorists and their accomplices in the Kashmir Valley are. Neither have they managed to stage a major civilian attack, nor have they been able to wreak havoc on recent events like Republic Day and the much successful Ardhkumbh Mela.
As a result, they were looking for easy targets in their own backyard, and the recent attack was just a testament of how cowardly have these people executed their horrible plans. We hope that the souls of the martyrs attain peace and the culprits of this murderous attack are dealt in a harsh manner by the Indian armed forces.