40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers were killed in a worst attack in the history of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). The convoy of the CRPF jawans was hit by an explosives-laden SUV on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. The attack, which was reported near Awantipora resulted in the death of 40 CRPF jawans, while many others were left injured. The Pulwama terror attack also raised questions on the security system of Jammu and Kashmir.
The main suspects were Mudasir Ahmed khan and Sajjad Bhat, were killed in an encounter with security forces last year in March and June respectively.
The attack was later claimed by Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed. The attacker was identified as Adil Ahmad Dar, a local from Pulwama district, and a member of Jaish-e-Mohammed. They also released a video of the assailant Adil Ahmad Dar, a 22-year old from Kakapora who had joined the group a year earlier. In the video, Dar is seen carrying a sophisticated weapon and sitting in the backdrop of a black and white flag. He says that “by the time the video was released, he would be in heaven”.
The officials said, Dar’s video was released by the Jaish spokeperson Mohd. Hassan and the IP address from which the claim was made was traced to Pakistan.
Two more suspects in the attack were later on were found to be Qari Mufti Yasser who was killed in encounter on 10 January this year and Kamran who were killed in encounters in march last year.
The vehicle used in the attack had changed hands several times. The last person to own the car was Sajjad Bhat- Who ran away and joins jaish before being caught but was later killed in an encounter as per officials.
NIA unable to trace source of explosives
NIA told,the explosives packed in the car were “ammonium nitrate, nitro-glycerine and RDX”.
A senior government official said the explosives could not have been purchased off the shelf as it was “warfare ammunition generally found in military stores.” A forensic report said that around 25 kg of plastic explosives were used.
Another officials reported that since the person mostly suspected were killed in encounter and the conspiracy behind how the car was arranged for the attack was not resolved. Dar, who was driving the car was on a suicide mission ,it could not be established from where they got those explosives.
The national investigation team(NIA) is still unable to source from where the explosives came.
Memorial inaugurated near the attack site as a tribute to the Martyr’s soldiers
The memorial has been inaugurated at CRPF’s Lethpora camp near the site where the terror attack took place. On February 14, 2019, a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist rammed explosive-filled vehicle on a bus ferrying CRPF jawans. The bus was part of the CRPF convoy.
Soils from the residents of the martyr’s in Pulwama attack has been taken and used in the construction of the memorial.
Additional Director General of CRPF Zulfiquar Hasan said on Thursday, “It is a way to pay homage to the brave jawans who lost their lives in the attack.”
The names of all the 40 personnel along with their pictures will be part of the memorial along with the moto of CRPF-‘Seva and nishtha’(service and loyalty).
Many paid a remembrance on the 1st anniversary of Pulwama attack through twitter:
Shashi tharoor paid his homage through tweet;
1/3. On the anniversary of the #PulwamaAttack, I salute the martyrs, mourn w/their families &thank the soldiers who take risks every day to keep our country safe. But India should not wait any more for accountability. Has there been a serious investigation into what happened?
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) February 14, 2020
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) February 14, 2020