As the world celebrates the day of love, India woke up to emotional messages paying homage to the martyrs of the cowardly Pulwama terrorist attack that martyred 40 CRPF jawans on 14 Feburary last year.
A convoy of soldiers in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir was attacked by a Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber. And in order to remember their sacrifice for the country, a memorial will be inaugurated at the Lethpora camp on Friday.
“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 here after a visit to the site where the memorial has been erected.
The memorial will carry the names of all the 40 jawans with their photo and moto of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) — ‘Seva and Nishtha’ (Service and Loyalty).
An Extra Layer
Ever since the Pulama attack, the Army has added an extra layer of security to safeguard their troop from similar incidents.
“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 here.
As far as the measures go, the Jammu and Kashmir government has banned the plying of private vehicles 2 days a week to allow easy movement of the troops across the union territory.
Also, the ministry of home affairs has also allowed the CRPF to carry their passengers on planes to thwart the possibility of such incidents.
The memorial has been set up inside a CRPF camp adjacent to the place where Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Adeel Ahmed Dar, driving an explosive-laden car, blew himself next to a convoy of security forces killing the 40 personnel.