Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tribute to the ‘courage’ of those CRPF martyred in an encounter with Laskar terrorists in Pampore, Jammu and Kashmir.
He said, “I salute the courage of the CRPF personnel martyred today in J&K. They served the nation with utmost dedication. Pained by their demise. My thoughts are with the families of those martyred today. May those injured recover soon.”
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has also condemned the militant attack, saying that such acts of violence were aimed at subverting the Government’s efforts to bring peace and prosperity to the state.
“The only purpose of such blood-spattered acts of violence is to add to the tragedies and miseries of the people and subvert the Government’s efforts aimed at bringing permanent peace and prosperity to Jammu and Kashmir,” ANI quoted Mufti’s statement.
In the deadliest attack on security forces in recent years, 21 CRPF personnel were also critically wounded when terrorists rained bullets on the bus carrying them at Pampore, near Srinagar, in what appeared to be a Fidayeen attack carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba. Eight CRF personnel lost their lives.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar offered his condolences to the families of the martyred and said that he is praying for the early recovery of those injured.
CRPF DG K Durga Prasad has briefed Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the incident and will be visiting Pampore tomorrow to take stock of the situation.
The CRPF today asserted that the two terrorists, who have been neutralized in the gun-, appeared to be Pakistanis and were Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives.
“According to the first hand info, both killed terrorists appeared to be Pakistanis and definitely from Lashkar and in all likelihood fidayeen,” IG, CRPF operation Nalin Parbhat told ANI.
Security personnel recovered arms and ammunition including 2 AK 47 Rifles, 11 hand grenades from the killed terrorists.