In a first major militant attack in 3 years, a massive explosion targeted a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy on Thursday afternoon, martyred 42 CRPF Personnel while wounding several others. Jaish-e-Mohammad, a Pakistani armed group has claimed responsibility for the attack and identified the bomber as a local militant.
42 CRPF soldiers martyred
The attack was carried out by Adil Ahmad Dar alias Waqas commander from Kakapora in Pulwama. He rammed his vehicle (which was carrying more than 300 kgs of explosives) onto a CRPF bus in which 39-44 personnel were seated. There are no survivors from the bus. Over 20 people were injured in the terror attack which reduced the bus to a mangled heap of iron.
The bus belonged to a convoy of more than 78 buses, which was carrying around 2000 soldiers who were returning from their leave to resume work. As family members mourn these martyrs, there’s equal amounts of confusion and pride. While some families salute their sons/ fathers/ husbands for their bravery, some faces search for answers about the uncertainty of their future.
The families of the martyrs speak..
Family member of Bhagirath Singh
Bhagirath Singh from Dholpur in Rajasthan had joined Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in 2013. He was among the 40 soldiers who got killed in the Pulwama terror attack. He had married four years ago and had come to meet his baby girl before joining his duty on February 12.
"He was fit and strong since childhood. I am extremely proud of him," said his one of his family members. Another family member, however, expressed worry. "He has two children. Who will raise them now?"
Ram Vakeel was going to complete 20 years at CRPF in 2021.
CRPF personnel Ram Vakeel from Uttar Pradesh's Etawah is survived by three children and his wife. His elder brother said, "My younger brother told me about the incident. I am proud that my brother has sacrificed his life for the nation."
The families struggle to come to terms with reality...
It is not just the above mentioned martyrs who have been affected, Pulwama attack has affected hundreds of families by turning their lives upside down. While we sit at the comfort of our homes retweeting and watching the news clips, the bitter reality that these families have to come to terms with, has left them distraught.
Ever since they heard the news, they have been on a roller coaster ride of confusion, anger, helplessness, pride and hurt. It is not just the families of these martyrs who have been affected, it is also the families of the wounded soldiers who wait in their homes and pace endlessly at hospital wards, hoping for their loved one(s) to get a renewed chance at survival.
How can we show our support?
We cannot even begin to imagine the financial and the emotional insecurity that these families have been plagued with.All the families that have been affected by the Pulwama attack need our support now, more than ever, the funds collected will prove useful for everything from hospital expenses, educational expenses to memorial fund(s). Let us take this opportunity to express our condolences, respect and to stand with them shoulder to shoulder. The least we could do is to contribute a small amount of money to the families whose members have given their (and their families’) tomorrow for our today.
One for all and all for one.
With inputs from NDTV
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