The death toll of CRPF jawans in the February 14 suicide attack in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir is likely to cross 40, though paramilitary officials in Srinagar officially confirmed only 37 deaths so far. Eight troops had been critically injured when a convoy of CRPF personnel was attacked by a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) suicide bomber, who rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into one of the convoy’s buses near Awantipora on the Srinagar-Jammu highway.
Suicide bomber used slip road to join CRPF convoy
Preliminary investigations in Pulwama attack in Kashmir has revealed that the suicide car bomber used a slip road to come on the highway where the CRPF convoy was passing by. The explosives-laden car, being driven by a local Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist Adil Ahmed Dar, was driving beside the convoy. After moving ahead of it, the car had suddenly turned back and rammed into one of the buses.
The bus was hit on the left side and both the vehicles were blown to pieces. There were 39 occupants in the bus, the third in the 78-vehicle convoy to have entered the highway. CRPF said 37 personnels were killed and five others were seriously injured.
However, questions were also raised on the failure of the intelligence which had led to this tragic incident. According to reports, the Kashmir Police on February 8 had sent an intelligence input to the CRPF, BSF, ITBP, SSB, Army and the Air Force warning of a possible terror attack.
The intelligence input sent on behalf of the Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, asked all security agencies to “sanitize areas properly before occupying your place or deployment as there are inputs that IEDs could be used”.
Perpetrators will be punished, says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured people that the perpetrators of the terror strike would be punished. He said it was important that the country spoke in one voice after the terror strike.
India would give a befitting response to the terror attack, Mr. Modi said, calling on the international community to stand together to defeat terrorism.
The high-profile CCS meet on Friday morning was chaired by the Prime Minister. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Nirmala Sitharaman were also present at the meeting.
UP govt announces Rs 25 lakh ex-gratia to families of 12 jawans
The Uttar Pradesh government announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 25 lakhs each to the families of the 12 CRPF jawans of the State killed in the terror attack in Pulwama.
The government has also announced job to one member of each soldier’s family besides naming the link road in their native village after the martyrs, a State government official said.
Most favoured nation status of Pakistan withdrawn: Jaitley
On speaking with the media, the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, on Friday, said that a detailed assessment of the terror strike was made at the CCS meeting.
“MEA will initiate all diplomatic steps to ensure the complete isolation of Pakistan from the international community. Most favoured nation status of Pakistan stands withdrawn,” he added.
Mr. Jaitley said that Pakistan has direct hand in suicide attack and that the Home Minister will call an all party meeting after his return from Kashmir on Saturday.
What is Most-Favoured Nation status?
According to the MFN principle of the WTO’s General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) — to which India is a signatory/contracting party — each of the WTO member countries should “treat all the other members equally as ‘most-favoured’ trading partners.”
The WTO says, “Grant someone a special favour (such as a lower customs duty rate) and you have to do the same for all other WTO members.” Hence, though MFN sounds like special treatment, in effect it means non-discrimination.
Pakistan rejects India’s charge on Pulwama attack
Pakistan has condemned the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district and said it is a matter of grave concern even as it rejected India pointing out Islamabad’s link to the incident without investigations.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office, after keeping quiet for hours, issued a statement after midnight.
The attack in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir “is a matter of grave concern,” it said. “We have always condemned heightened acts of violence in the Valley,” the FO said.
Pakistan also rejected that it was in any way involved in the attack.
“We strongly reject any insinuation by elements in the Indian government and media circles that seek to link the attack to the State of Pakistan without investigations,” the FO added.
Condemning the Attack
The United States of America and the United Nations General Secretary have strongly condemned the attack. “We call for those behind the attack to be brought to justice,” spokesperson for UN Secretary General António Guterres said.
Besides, China on Friday condemned the Pulwama terror attack carried out by a Jaish suicide bomber but once again declined to back India’s appeal to list the Pakistan-based terror group’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN.
“China has noted the reports of suicide terrorist attack. We are deeply shocked by this attack. We express deep condolences and sympathy to the injured and bereaved families,” spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang told a media briefing in Beijing.
Meanwhile, the CRPF has released the details of 36 personnel killed in Pulwama attack. However among these one person is yet to be identified.
Name of the jawan- State
Rathod Nitin Shivaji -Maharashtra
Virendra Singh -Uttarakhand
Awadhesh Kumar Yadav -Uttar Pradesh
Ratan Kumar Thakur -Bihar
Pankaj Kumar Tripathi -Uttar Pradesh
Jeet Ram Rajasthan
Amit Kumar -Uttar Pradesh
Vijay Kumar Mourya -Uttar Pradesh
Kulwinder Singh -Punjab
Maneswar Basumatari -Assam
Mohan Lal Uttarakhand
Sanjay Kumar Sinha -Bihar
Ram Vakeel -Uttar Pradesh
Naseer Ahmad -Jammu and Kashmir
Jaimal Singh -Punjab
Sukhjinder Singh -Punjab
Tilak Raj -Himachal Pradesh
Rohitash Lamba -Rajasthan
Vasantha Kumar V.V. Kerala
Vijay Soreng -Jharkhand
Subramanian G. -Tamil Nadu
Guru H. -Karnataka
Manoj Kumar Behra -Odisha
Narayan Lal Gurjar -Rajasthan
Pradeep Kumar -Uttar Pradesh
Hemraj Meena -Rajasthan
Ramesh Yadav -Uttar Pradesh
Sanjay Rajput -Maharashtra
Koushal Kumar Rawat -Uttar Pradesh
Pradeep Singh -Uttar Pradesh
Shyam Babu -Uttar Pradesh
Ajit Kumar Azad -Uttar Pradesh
Maninder Singh Attri -Punjab
Ashvni Kumar Kaochi -Madhya Pradesh
Sudip Biswaws -West Bengal
Sivachandran C -Tamil Nadu