New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) martyrs who lost their lives in the deadly Pulwama terror attack at the wreath-laying ceremony which took place at New Delhi’s Palam airport on Friday evening.

The mortal remains of some of the CRPF jawans are now being taken to their native places.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal paid their respects to the slain soldiers and laid wreaths on the mortal remains.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore laid wreaths on the mortal remains of the CRPF jawans.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa also laid wreaths on the martyred CRPF jawans on Friday. The mortal remains of the CRPF jawans who lost their lives in the Pulwama terror attack were brought to Palam airport in the national capital on Friday evening.

PM Modi had asked ministers in Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governed states and BJP MPs to attend last rites of jawans, who lost their lives in Pulwama attack, in their respective states and constituencies, as reported by ANI earlier today.

As per reports, as many as 17 slain bodies would be sent through road routes and the rest would be air-lifted to their respective cities.

Meanwhile, security forces carried out a candlelight march in Hyderabad, Telangana as a tribute to the slain jawans.  A candlelight march was also organised by the Ladakh Buddhist Association and was taken out in Leh earlier today in protest against the terror attack.

40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were killed in Pulwama on Thursday when a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist rammed an IED laden vehicle into the bus they were travelling in. The Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM claimed responsibility for the dastardly attack in Lethpora. The vehicle was blown up on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Awantipora area of the district at around 3:15 PM yesterday.