The mother of a fallen CRPF soldier has said that there was no truth in the claims of Indian air strikes deep into Pakistan, calling the reports a ‘lie.’
Speaking to reporters, the mother of slain CRPF soldier Pradeep Kumar asked why the government had not shown any evidence of the casualties inflicted by its air strikes. When asked if the government’s action on Tuesday was enough, she said, “Not at all. This action is a lie. Not a single action has been taken.”
Sarmishtha Devi added, “Not satisfied at all. My son has been martyred, many mothers have lost their sons. Not satisfied at all. They have not shown a single casualty. Bombs have been dropped only on houses. Neither have they shown the dead bodies (Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists) or given us any news.”
Kumar, a resident of Shamli in Uttar Pradesh, was killed along with 44 other CRPF jawans in Pulwama on 14 February, when a Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber blew himself while ramming his explosives-laden car into the CRPF convoy.
The slain soldier’s mother said, “I want revenge. I want them to show the dead bodies of terrorists the way they showed the dead bodies of (CRPF) jawans. They have not shown a single body of terrorists. I want to see it from my own eyes.”
She added, “The way martyrs were shown being killed, show their killings also.”
Kumar’s wife too agreed with her mother-in-law and said, “It’s not satisfactory because they were bombing empty spaces. This is not right. In future, they should so something that results in the deaths of terrorists.”
The video of Kumar’s mother calling the government’s claims a lie has now gone viral on social media platforms.
Elsewhere, family members of another martyr too echoed similar sentiments. Sunil Kumar, whose brother Amit Kumar too had died in the Pulwama attack, asked the government had not released the list of terrorists killed in its air strikes on Tuesday. He was quoted by Bhaskar newspaper, “We will not live in peace until 4,000 terrorists are killed for our 40 soldiers. Families of martyrs are demanding answer from the government. Attacking empty places as ticking the box exercise will not work.”
India on Tuesday had said that it Air Force crossed the Line of Control and bombed key Jaish targets in Balakot in Pakistan by destroying their important base. Pakistan denied Indian claims and said that the Indian jets fled and dropped ‘their loads’ in haste.
Eye witnesses in Balakot had said that one person was injured in the Indian air strikes as several houses were damaged.