New Delhi: The families of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans who were killed in Pulwama terror attack too have joined the Opposition in demanding the Centre to provide evidence for the ‘pre-emptive’ air strike carried out by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camps in Balakot, Pakistan.
Seeking ‘decisive proof’, the kin of Pradeep Kumar from Shamli and Ram Vakeel from Mainpuri reportedly said, “Until there is proof, how can we accept it.” The demand comes amid the ongoing war of words between the Opposition and the government over the issue. (ALSO READ – Farooq Abdullah Seeks Proof of Death of 300 Terrorists in Balakot Airstrike, Asks Centre to Release Evidence)
As quoted by NDTV, martyred CRPF jawan Ram Vakeel’s sister said, “Like in our case (Pulwama) we saw someone’s hands, someone’s limbs, we need to see something from the other side. Someone took responsibility for the bomb attack almost immediately. I am sure the strikes have happened but where have they done it? There should be clear proof. Until there is proof, how can we accept it? Pakistan says there is no damage to them so how can we accept it unless there is proof.”
On the other hand, Pradeep Kumar’s 80-year-old mother said, “We are not satisfied. So many sons died. We saw no one dead. There are no dead bodies on the other side. In fact, there was no confirmed news. We need to see this on TV. And we need to be told at our homes. We need to see the dead bodies of the terrorists.”
Meanwhile earlier on Tuesday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that the number of terrorists killed in the air strike by IAF on JeM training camp in Pakistan would be known ‘today or tomorrow’.
The minister also claimed that National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) system had informed about presence of around 300 active mobile phones at the site before the air strike by India. While charging at the Opposition for doing politics over the air strikes, he asked the Congress to go to Pakistan and count the bodies if they want to know how many terrorists were killed.
“If my Congress friends feel that the numbers should be informed to them, then I would like to say that if you want to go to Pakistan, then go, count and ask people there that how many were killed by our Air Force jawans,” Singh said.
India carried out the ‘non-military pre-emptive air strike’ to avenge the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed on February 14 in south Kashmir. The IAF strike was retaliated by Pakistan on February 27 with an attempt to target military installations in Nowshera and Poonch sectors of Jammu and Kashmir.