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Srinagar: A memorial to the 40 CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwamaterror attack in February last year will be inaugurated at the Lethporacamp on Friday, a top official said.
“It is a way to pay homage to the brave jawans who lost their lives in theattack,” Additional Director General of CRPF Zulfiquar Hasan said onThursday here after a visit to the site where the memorial has beenerected.
The names of all the 40 personnel along with their pictures will be partof the memorial along with the moto of the Central Reserve Police Force(CRPF) — ‘Seva and Nishtha’ (Service and Loyalty).“It definitely was an unfortunate incident and we have learnt our lessonsnow. We were always extra alert during our movement but now an extralayer of alertness has been added to it,” Hasan told PTI here.The supreme sacrifices of the 40 jawans has furthered increased “ourresolve to eliminate enemies of the country”.“We fight with extra vigour during an encounter with terrorists and that iswhy we were able to eliminate the entire Jaish-e-Mohammedcommanders immediately after the attack on our jawans,” he said.While he refused to spell out the precaution that is taken during troopmovements in the aftermath of the February 14 attack, officials in thesecurity establishment said the movement of troops is now done incoordination with other security forces and the army.
The Ministry of Home Affairs had also allowed the CRPF to carry itstroops by air to avoid the possibility of any such attack.The Jammu and Kashmir government had imposed a ban on plying ofprivate vehicles on two days in a week to facilitate movement of troops.The order was later rescinded after the situation became normal. Theprocess of bullet-proofing of vehicles carrying the troops was expeditedand more and more bunker-type vehicles were seen on roads carryingthe jawans.
The memorial has been set up inside a CRPF camp adjacent to the placewhere Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Adeel Ahmed Dar, driving anexplosive-laden car, blew himself next to a convoy of security forceskilling the 40 personnel.Almost all the conspirators behind the dastardly attack have since beenkilled with the last one being Qari Yasir, the self-styled chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group, who was killed last month. (PTI)