Let’s take a moment to mourn for Pulwama attack martyrs on the first anniversary of the deadliest attack
The whole country was ready to celebrate love on 14th February 2019 on the occasion of Valentine’s day but people across the nation started mourning after the news of Pulwama attack surfaced on the internet. A convoy of vehicles carrying CRPF soldiers on the Jammu Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a vehicle-borne suicide bomber at Lethpora in the Pulwama district, Jammu and Kashmir. We lost 40 CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) soldiers on that day. The attack was carried out by a local, Adil Ahmad Dar, a member of Jaish-e-Mohammed. Today on the first anniversary of the deadliest attack, let’s take a moment to mourn for Pulwama attack martyrs.
The whole story of Pulwama Attack: Understand the chronology
A convoy of 78 vehicles carrying about 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel from Jammu to Srinagar was travelling on National Highway 44. The convoy had left early in the morning as they had to reach the destination before sunset. The Highway was shut down for two days prior to the day of the incident.
Near Awantipora, at Lethpora, a bus carrying security personnel was rammed by a car carrying explosives. It caused a blast that killed 40 CRPF soldiers of the 76th Battalion and injured many others. Injured soldiers were immediately taken to the army base hospital in Srinagar.
Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based militant group claimed responsibility for the attack. The terror group also released a video of the assailant Adil Ahmad Dar. The 22-year-old Ahmad joined the Jaish-e-Mohammed group in 2018. His family last saw him in March 2018 when he went for a bicycle ride, but he never returned. However, Pakistan denied any involvement and condemned the attack.
NIA dispatched 12-member team for the probe of the incident
A 12-member team was dispatched by the National Investigation Agency to probe the attack along with the Jammu and Kashmir Police. Initial investigation hinted that the car was carrying more than 300 kilograms of explosives including ammonium nitrate and 80 kilograms of RDX, a high explosive.
Officials said that the explosives might have been stolen from a construction site. They also hinted that it was impossible to bring the explosives from across the border, but they didn’t deny the possibility.
The government of Punjab announced ex gratia compensation of Rs 12 lakh and a government job to next kin to each family who lost someone in the deadliest attack.
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