New Delhi: The entire nation mourns as today, February 14, marks the one-year anniversary of the horrific Pulwama terror attack that killed as many as 40 CRPF jawans. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday remembered the martyrs and said that the nation will “forever be grateful” to them.

“I pay homage to the martyrs of Pulwama attack. India will forever be grateful of our bravehearts and their families who made supreme sacrifice for the sovereignty and integrity of our motherland,” said the Home Minister in a recent tweet.

Meanwhile, PM Modi tweeted, “Tributes to the brave martyrs who lost their lives in the gruesome Pulwama attack last year. They were exceptional individuals who devoted their lives to serving and protecting our nation. India will never forget their martyrdom.”

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also expressed his grief and paid homage to the Pulwama martyrs on the micro-blogging site. “Remembering the fallen @crpfindia personnel who were martyred during the dastardly attack in Pulwama(J&K) on this day in 2019. India will never forget their sacrifice. Entire nation stands united against terrorism and we are committed to continue our fight against this menace,” he tweeted.

Notably, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), that comes directly under Shah’s ministry, will inaugurate a memorial to pay respect and commemorate the memories of jawans who lost their lives in the gruesome attack.

The memorial has been erected at the Lethpora camp of the central force in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. Names of all 40 jawans who had to pay the ultimate price, along with their pictures, will be hung on the walls, alongside the CRPF moto of Seva and Nishtha (Service and Loyalty).

On the same day in 2019, 40 CRPF personnel were martyred after a Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist, Adeel Ahmed Dar, rammed his explosive-laden vehicle against a bus ferrying the CRPF soldiers.

Tensions flared up and the relation between India and Pakistan significantly worsened after the CPRF convoy travelling to Srinagar came under attack. India had subsequently launched a counter airstrike at a JeM military base camp in Balakot.

Nearly all of the conspirators involved in the dastardly terror attack have been killed since, including the terror outfit’s self-styled chief Qari Yasir, who is believed to have been killed last month.