Lethpora Attack Anniversary: Who benefitted from the attack? asks Rahul Gandhi

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Srinagar

Hitting out at the BJP government at the Centre, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday asked three questions from the government about who benefitted the most from the attack and who has been held accountable for the security lapses that led to the one of the deadliest attack on CRPF convoy.

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Rahul Gandhi wrote: “Today as we remember our 40 CRPF martyrs in the #PulwamaAttack , let us ask:

  1. Who benefitted the most from the attack?
  2. What is the outcome of the inquiry into the attack?
  3. Who in the BJP Govt has yet been held accountable for the security lapses that allowed the attack?”

On February 14 last year, a convoy of vehicles carrying CRPF personnel on the Srinagar -Jammu Highway was attacked by a vehicle-borne suicide bomber at Lethpora in Pulwama district. At least forty Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in the attack.

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.

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