Pulwama attack anniversary: Justice done, Jaish decimated: Spl DG CRPF Zulfikar Hassan

We took Jaish head-on, all militant outfits on back foot at present, Prof Jadhav from Maharastra presents soil collected from homes of 40 CRPF men to Spl DG at wreath laying ceremony

Lethpora, Pulwama, Feb 14 : Special Director General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory (UT) Zulfikar Hassan on Friday said that justice has been done with the blood of 40 “brave men” who died in deadly suicide attack last year at Lethpora, Pulwama as all Jaish-e-Muhammad militants involved in the act were killed and the outfit was decimated.

According to wire service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), while talking to reporters on the sidelines of wreath laying ceremony at the newly constructed memorial at CRPF’s battalion headquarters at Lethpora, Pulwama on the eve of first anniversary of deadly suicide attack that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF men last year, special DG of CRPF said that entire force stands by with the families of “fallen heroes.”

“Today, on the occasion of first anniversary of Lethpora attack, we remember all the 40 martyrs and stand by with their families,” he said. Asked whether the “justice was done with the blood spilled by the 40 CRPF men on this day last year,” the special DG CRPF said that justice stands done. “We killed all the Jaish men including top commanders of the outfit involved in the Lethpora attack. Today, the outfit stands decimated,” he said.

On February 14, last year, Jaish militant Adil Dar, had rammed his explosive laden car into the CRPF convoy coming from Jammu. Fourty CRPF men died in the attack while as several others were injured.

The police, army and the CRPF launched a joint assault on the Jaish soon after the attack and a joint strategy was chalked out with a sole aim to wipe out Jaish. As per official figures, 36 militants of Jaish were killed including all nine commanders of the outfit, who according to the security officials had hatched conspiracy and were involved in the Lethpora attack.

“Today, not just the Jaish, but all other militant outfits are at the back foot. We took Jaish head on soon after the Lethpora attack,” the special DGP said. Asked about the relief and compensation provided to the families of slain CRPF men, the special DG said that the force has a structured system and the concerns of families of “martyrs” are being taken care of. Laying wreaths at the memorial set up at the 185 battalion headquarters of CRPF at Lethpora, top officials and CRPF personnel vowed to face the challenge of militancy bravely as a professional force.

Meanwhile, Professor Umesh Gopinath Jadhav, who runs a NGO in Maharashtra was the special guest at the wreath-laying ceremony for collecting soil from the lawns of all the 40 fallen men of CRPF. Talking to KNO after paying tributes to slain CRPF men, he said that he travelled 61000 kilometers across India to collect the soil from the lawns of all the 40 jawans who lost their lives in attack last year. “The soil collected from the homes of all 40 brave hearts is with me and today I presented it to the Special Director General of CRPF and requested him to add the at the memorial constructed in the memory of brave men,” he said. “This is a little contribution which makes me feel proud today.”