It was on 14th February 2019 exactly one year ago, 40 CRPF Jawans were killed in a tragic incident in the Pulwama district of Kashmir. Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed led by Maulana Mazhood Azhar claimed responsibility for this dastardly attack.
The Pulwama terrorist attack was executed by a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber. It was carried out by ramming a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into a bus which was part of a convoy of vehicles carrying the CRPF jawans. It resulted in the killing of 40 jawans and leaving many others critically wounded. Around 2500 Jawans were part of the convoy.
The Pulwama terrorist attack led to widespread anger across the entire country. People stood up in support of the martyrs. Prime Minister Modi addressed the nation and vowed revenge on the terrorists. Common people and celebrities all united and paid tribute to their martyrdom and demanded justice for them.
The Government of India retaliated the Pulwama terrorist attack via an airstrike in Balakot which destroyed terrorist camp killing 350 terrorists. These terrorists were recruited for training in Balakot for Jihad against India
Many countries like Russia, The United States, Israel, Bangladesh, Bhutan extended their support to India following the Pulwama terrorist attack.
Pakistan also retaliated the Indian-airstrike on 27 February. Three Pakistan Air Force F-16 jets violated the Indian Airspace and entered Nowshera sector in J&K’s Rajouri district. Immediately, Indian air force retaliated by shooting down one F 16 aircraft while it was fleeing away.
One MiG 21 Bison aircraft was shot in POK by Pak air force. Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthamanan was captured by Pakistan which led to the warlike situation between both the nuclear-armed nations.
The US, UN, UK and other nations urged both nations for restraint. They also urged them to remember their responsibilities to maintain peace and security in the region. Moreover, the United Kingdom, the United States and France proposed to the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Jaish-e-Mohammad.
Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthamanan who was captured by Pakistan and was released almost 60 hours later in accordance with Geneva convention Treaty of 1929. Pakistan respected the treaty and released him. He was brought back to India via Wagah border and handed over to Indian authorities.
The nation felt proud to welcome the hero back. Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan, announced that as a peace gesture. All countries issued a statement in support of India’s fight against terrorism.
One year after the Pulwama terrorist attack it has been decided that a memorial of the CRPF jawans will be inaugurated at the Lethpora camp as a tribute to the soldiers.
“It is a way to pay homage to the brave jawans who lost their lives in the attack,” Additional Director General of CRPF Zulfiquar Hasan said
“It definitely was an unfortunate incident and we have learnt our lessons now. We were always extra alert during our movement but now an extra layer of alertness has been added to it,” Hasan added.
The supreme sacrifices of the 40 jawans in the Pulwama terrorist attack has further increased “our resolve to eliminate enemies of the country”.
“We fight with extra vigour during an encounter with terrorists and that is why we were able to eliminate the entire Jaish-e-Mohammed commanders immediately after the attack on our jawans,” he said.