Lethpora Attack Anniversary: Memorial to 40 CRPF personnel inaugurated

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Srinagar

A memorial was inaugurated and floral tributes were paid to the slain CRPF personnel killed in Lethpora attack on February 14, 2019.

A memorial to the 40 CRPF personnel was inaugurated at Lethpora camp on Friday, February 14, 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Reports said that a memorial to the 40 CRPF personnel was inaugurated at Lethpora camp today. The names of all the 40 personnel is part of the memorial along with the motto of CRPF ‘Seva and Nishtha’ (Service and Loyalty).

Umesh Gopinath Jadhav, from Maharashtra, handed over the collected soil from houses and cremation grounds of slain CRPF men to Additional Director General of CRPF Zulfiquar Hasan during a function at Lethpora. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Umesh Gopinath Jadhav, from Maharashtra, was the special guest at the wreath-laying ceremony at CRPF campus in Lethpora. Jadhav took 61,000 kms long journey across India from Maharashtra to meet the families of the 40 CRPF men and collected the soil from their houses and their cremation grounds.

Additional Director General of CRPF Zulfiquar Hasan laying a wreath at a memorial of 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel who lost their lives last year at Lethpora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Additional Director General of CRPF Zulfiquar Hasan said the supreme sacrifice of 40 personnel has furthered increased their resolve to eliminate enemies of the country.

IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar laying wreaths at a memorial of 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel who lost their lives last year at Lethpora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

“We took JeM head-on soon after the Lethpora attack. All the JeM men, including its top commanders involved in the attack, were killed in concerted operations. Today, it stands decimated,” Additional Director General, CRPF, Zulfikar Hassan, said.

A senior lady officer of Police paying tributes at a memorial of 40 paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel who lost their lives last year at Lethpora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Kl Image by Bilal Bahadur

“The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is investigating the attack. It has made huge progress in the case,” he said.

A senior officer of Army laying a wreath at a memorial of 40 paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel who lost their lives last year at Lethpora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Reports quoted official data said that 38 members of the JeM, including nine commanders, were killed after the attack.

CRPF personnel taking selfies on Friday, February 14, 2020, with a memorial of 40 CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama attack. Kl Image by Bilal Bahadur

JeM’s local suicide bomber, Adil Dar, detonated an explosives-laden car near a CRPF convoy on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. Days after the attack, the Indian Air Force on February 26 carried out aerial strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot area.

A day later, in renewed skirmishes in air, led to the downing of at least one Indian jet, and the capture of its pilot by Pakistan. A chopper was also lost in a battle-ready position as it was hit by the missile over the Pir Panchal. Islamabad quickly returned the captured pilot apparently to reduce tensions.

CRPF personnel laid wreaths at a memorial of slain colleagues who lost their lives in last year Lethpora attack. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Meanwhile, paying his tributes, J&K Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu said, “The country is indebted to all these martyrs and will always remember their valour and sacrifice”.

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