Rich tributes paid to CRPF martyrs on first death anniv in J&K

Lethpora, Pulwama: Rich tributes were on Friday paid to the martyrs of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), who made their supreme sacrifice on this day last year, when a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant dashed his RDX-laden car with a security force vehicle on Srinagar-Jammu national highway at Awantipora.
Meanwhile, senior police and security force personnel said that five militants involved in the attack were also killed in different encounters, months after the incident. They said a number of other people, who supported the militants to carry out the attack, were also arrested.
Senior officers from CRPF and other security agencies paid floral tributes at the memorial, built in memory of the 40 personnel at Lethpora camp, who were martyred in the fidayeen attack.
The investigation of the case has been handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
A JeM militant, who was later identified as Adil Dar, had rammed his about 80 kg RDX laden car into a CRPF bus, which was part of a 78-vehicle convoy, coming from Jammu to Srinagar. Over 40 personnel were martyred and dozens of others were injured in the attack.
The CRPF and other security force personnel, who had come to pay tributes to the martyrs, said their morale was high.
‘We are ready to make any sacrifice for the nation,’ they said.
Later, the Indian Air Force (IAF) targeted a militant camp across the Line of Control (LoC) at Balakote in Pakistan on February 26, in retaliation to the attack.
After severe criticism by the Opposition, questioning how the RDX was transported to the area without getting noticed by the security forces in south Kashmir, particularly on the Highway, the Centre had announced that all paramilitary forces would now be airlifted to Srinagar from Jammu.
Later, it was decided to allow only security force convoy for two days (Wednesday and Sunday) on the Highway, from Udhampur to Baramulla, including Srinagar.
After sharp reaction from public, it was later reduced to one day and later for Sunday only. However, the restrictions were later removed, though during the movement of security force vehicles, civilian traffic is stopped at particular areas.