New Delhi: The Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers (CIPD) has appealed to its members to keep their petrol pumps and other fuel stations closed for 20 minutes as a mark of homage and to show solidarity with CRPF jawans who lost their lives in the Pulwama terror attack last week. (Also read: Trump Calls Pulwama ‘Horrible’, Asks India, Pakistan to Get Along)

CIPD secretary, Maharashtra, Ravi Shinde, said, “Today from 7 PM to 7.30 PM, all petrol pumps in Maharashtra will remain closed and no sale of petrol/diesel or any other fuel will be made. The lights of all petrol pumps will remain off during that 20-minute period.”

The February 14 terror attack in Pulwama saw a JeM terrorist ram his explosive-laden vehicle into a truck which was part of the CRPF convoy. The attack killed 40 CRPF jawans and left many injured.

It invoked rage within the country and led to many initiatives on the part of citizens. The ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ contribution platform, that collects public funds for CAPF personnel killed in action, has got “unprecedented” donations of over Rs 7 crore following the Pulwama terror attack, officials said last week.

The figure would be more than that by now. Officials manning the online portal of the Union Home Ministry have also asked citizens to “desist” from donating money for the slain men in uniform at any other platform.

“We have received unprecedented donations at the online portal in the last 36 hours and the amount is over Rs 7 crore,” BSF Inspector General (IG) Amit Lodha told PTI.

He said, “Never in the two-year history of this benevolent public fund for CAPF martyrs has such a huge contribution come in such a short time. We are grateful to the people of the country for expressing their solidarity with the martyrs.”

The IG, who supervises the activity of the portal, said it was getting as many as “20,000 hits per second” following the Pulwama attack which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF jawans.