On the 14th of February, 2019, 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Jawans died in one of the deadliest bomb blasts in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir.
The incident was more severe than the terror attack in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, in 2016. Adil Ahmad Dar, a member of the Jaish e Mohammed (JeM,) took responsibility for the attack. In a video, Adil confessed how he rammed a Mahindra Scorpio full of 350 kg explosives into a convoy carrying 40 CRPF jawans and took the lives of the 40 Indian Army soldiers.
It has been one year since the incident took place and people still remember how the 40 CRPF jawans were killed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid tribute to the jawans who lost their lives in the bomb blast.
PM Modi said, “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.”
Rahul Gandhi, the former President of the Indian National Congress, took to Twitter and said, “Today as we remember our 40 CRPF martyrs in the #PulwamaAttack , let us ask:
- Who benefitted the most from the attack?
- What is the outcome of the inquiry into the attack?
- Who in the BJP Govt has yet been held accountable for the security lapses that allowed the attack?”
Today as we remember our 40 CRPF martyrs in the #PulwamaAttack , let us ask:
1. Who benefitted the most from the attack?
2. What is the outcome of the inquiry into the attack?
3. Who in the BJP Govt has yet been held accountable for the security lapses that allowed the attack? pic.twitter.com/KZLbdOkLK5
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 14, 2020
Many Indians raised slogans against the BJP and conducted protests and candlelight marches.
On the 26th of February, 2019, the Indian Government decided to retaliate against the attack by conducting an airstrike by the Indian Air Force (IAF.)
Approximately 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets flew over the LoC and dropped 1,000 kg of laser guided bombs and destroyed the JeM camps situated across the LoC. The main target of the IAF was the terrorist training camps in Balakot, Pakistan.
Twitter is flooded with posts and messages containing #BlackDay and #PulwamaAttack in remembrance of the soldiers who lost their lives.
Leaders and celebrities took to their Twitter handles and remembered the jawans today, the day which marks one year since the Pulwama terror attack took place.
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) February 14, 2020
The black day for India
Salute to Brave soldiers who sacrificed their Life in Pulwama attack last year.🙏🇮🇳
Nation will always remain indebted to you for your supreme sacrifice🇮🇳#PulwamaAttack #BlackDay
— NIK #JustAFan (@nikhikalpita) February 14, 2020
— Monjurul Choudhury (@MonjurulChoudh2) February 13, 2020
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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 14, 2020