Mumbai: The Shri Siddhivinayak Temple trust in Mumbai has announced an ex gratia of Rs 51 lakh for the families of the CRPF personnel who lost their lives in the Pulwama Attack. The contribution was confirmed by the chairman of the temple trust Aadesh Bande. Of the deceased jawans, two of them identified as Nitin Rathod and Sanjay Rajput hail from Buldhana district in Maharashtra.

Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis took to his official Twitter handle and said, “We have announced ₹50 lakh for the kins of martyred jawans from Maharashtra and Government will take responsibility of their rehabilitation. 125 crore Indians are their family members.” He also said that India would strike back with full force and will avenge the brutal incident.

Former President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said that he was “pained by the inhuman act perpetrated by terrorists”. He added, “We must stand together as a nation in this hour of grief.” Meanwhile, various states including Tripura, Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have also announced ex gratia to the families of the deceased jawans.

On Thursday, 40 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir when a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus. More than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force personnel were travelling in the convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu highway at Latoomode in Awantipora in south Kashmir. The Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the attack on the convoy of 78 vehicles that was on its way from Jammu to Srinagar.

(With Agency inputs)