Scores of celebrities took to social media site Twitter to express anguish over the killing of 49 CRPF personnel in a suicide bomb attack in Lethpora area of Awantipora.
#RIPBraveHearts, #PulwamaAttack and #CRPFJawans are trending in India and Worldwide on Twitter.
“Absolutely shocked by the attack in #Pulwama…Hate is NEVER the answer!!! Strength to the families of the martyred jawans and the CRPF soldiers injured in the attack” tweeted the Hollywood and Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra.
Vicky Kaushal, lead actor of a movie based on surgical strike on Pakistan, Uri also expressed sadness and shock over the deaths. “My heart goes out to the families of the brave CRPF soldiers we lost today and praying for the speedy recovery of those injured,” he added.
“Will there be no let to these heinous attacks? These mindless killings. This utter disregard for human lives? Extremely shocking news coming from Pulwama. I strongly condemn the worst terror attack on CRPF convoy and stand united with the grieving families (sic),” Shabana Azmi wrote on Twitter.
Salman Khan wrote, “My heart goes out for the Jawans of our beloved country and their families who lost their lives as martyrs to save our families… #YouStandForIndia.”
Sania Mirza, wife of Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik also condemned the incident. She expressed condolences to the families of the victims and said that there is no place for terrorism in the world.
“Numb beyond belief at the dastardly terror attack on #CRPF soldiers in #Pulwama. May God give peace to their souls, and strength to their grieving families. Wishing the injured a speedy recovery. We can’t let this be forgotten,” wrote Akshay Kumar.
Indian cricket fraternity also condemned the incident. “I’m shocked after hearing about the attack in Pulwama, heartfelt condolences to the martyred soldiers & prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans,” tweeted Virat Kohli.
Actor Rishi Kapoor termed the attack “shameful, shocking, reprehensible”. “Absolute act of cowardice. Perpetrators of this heinous crime cannot be friends with people of Kashmir. We stand by the bereaved families,” he wrote on the microblogging website.
Other celebrities who censured the incident in strong words include Anushka Sharma, Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh, Tapsee Pannu, Nimrat Kaur, Ajay Devgan, Manoj Bajpayee, Abishek Bachan, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh.
“We pray for the speedy recovery of the injured and condole the families of the jawans,” they tweeted. They described the incident as painful and coward.
On Thursday 49 CRPF men were killed and several others were injured in an attack at Lethpora area of Awantipora in south Kashmir.