New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Jammu and Kashmir’s Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh on Friday carried the coffin of a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officer who was killed in the Pulwama terror attack yesterday. While Singh, carried the coffin wrapped in the tricolour on his shoulder, the J&K DGP lifted another side of the coffin and walked together along with the other officials.
Both Singh and J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik stood in silence after the coffin was placed near a truck that will take the bodies to the Srinagar airport. A special aircraft will fly them out later. Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, CRPF Director General RR Bhatnagar and Dilbagh Singh were also in attendance.
Post this, Singh and J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik held meeting with officials in Srinagar. The Home Minister has also assured the entire nation that the government will take every possible step to avenge the dastardly attack.
“I have requested state governments to extend the maximum help they can lend to the bereaved families. I have given all the necessary directions to the officers. The morale has not taken a hit. We’ll see this fight against terrorism to the end,” said the Home Minister.
Singh further said, “It has been decided that the civilian movement will be stopped for sometime when a large convoy of security forces passes through an area. Civilians will face a little difficulty, we apologise for it.”
Senior MEA officials are reaching out to all important partners via diplomatic missions in wake of to apprise them of involvement of Pakistan backed terror groups.
Meanwhile, in the wake of the deadly attack, Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria has been called to Delhi for consultations. Bisaria will leave tonight for the national capital, news agency ANI reported.
Earlier in the day, India also lodged a strong protest against Pakistan and summoned its High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had also issued a strong demarche in connection with the killing of over 40 CRPF soldiers and conveyed that Pakistan must take immediate action against terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
The terror attack, carried out by JeM suicide bomber Adil Ahmad Dar, saw over 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans dead. “If our neighbour which is totally isolated in the world thinks it can destabilise India through its tactics and conspiracies, then it is making a big mistake,” he said. Pakistan-based 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.
A 12-member team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) which will be led by an IG rank officer, will also go to the blast site today to assist the J&K Police in forensic evaluation of the spot.