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Pulwama attack LIVE UPDATES: Nation mourns as families bid farewell to CRPF jawans

Kashmir Pulwama terror attack LIVE UPDATES: An all-party meeting was held in Parliament to brief top leaders of different parties about the attack in Pulwama and the steps being taken by the government so far.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 17, 2019 12:29:13 am
Allahabad: A large number of people attend the funeral procession of CRPF jawan Mahesh Yadav, who lost his life in Thursday’s Pulwama terror attack, at Tudihar, in Allahabad district, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Yadav lost his life in Pulwama terror attack. (PTI Photo)

Kashmir Pulwama terror attack LIVE UPDATES: With teary eyes, families, friends and the nation bid farewell to CRPF jawans as their mortal remains were put to flames in solemn ceremonies in their native places. At least 40 CRPF jawans were killed when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicles into a bus ferrying soldiers on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway on Thursday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed that the nation will not forget the supreme sacrifice made by the paramilitary personnel and assured families who lost their loved one that “each drop of tear will be avenged (aasu ka pura pura jawab liya jayega).” “Those who spray bullets or those who provide guns and bombs to target our soldiers, will not be spared. We will not allow them to sleep in peace. India is a country of new traditions and new policies and the world will now experience it,” the prime minister added. Meanwhile, at an all-party meeting, chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Parliament, leaders resolved to stand united in solidarity with security forces in fighting terrorism and defending the unity and integrity of India.

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Forty CRPF personnel lost their lives in an attack in Pulwama Thursday. Get all latest updates here.

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    23:10 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Mortal remains of CRPF head constable Bablu Santra at his Bengal residence

    Mortal remains of Bablu Santa at his residence in Bauria. (Express Photo by Partha Paul)

    21:23 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Explained | All-party meeting shows unity, eases pressure on government

    Saturday’s all-party meeting convened by Home Minister Rajnath Singh was an attempt by the government to take the opposition parties into confidence and to help them understand better the situation on the ground in the wake of the public outpouring of grief and anger over the terrorist attack in Pulwama. READ MORE HERE

    21:07 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    MHA urges citizens to contribute for families of CRPF jawans

    Bharat Ke Veer is a trust into which public can contribute voluntarily to support families of martyrs of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces - BSF, CRPF, CISF, ITBP, NDRF, NSG, SSB and Assam Rifles.

    This fund is managed by a committee comprising of Director Generals of CAPFs under the aegis of the Ministry of Home Affairs. During the last few days, there has been a tremendous response from people wanting to contribute through the website: bharatkeveer.gov.in

    MHA is grateful for this support.

    20:47 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Breaking | Pulwama attack: India hikes customs duty on goods imported from Pakistan by 200%

    A day after India revoked the Most Favoured Nation (MNF) status given to Pakistan, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday announced a 200 per cent hike in customs duty on all goods imported from the neighbouring country. The development comes in the wake of India’s push to isolate Pakistan following a deadly terror attack in Pulwama that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel on Thursday. READ MORE HERE

    20:20 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    See Pics | Thousands join the final journey of CRPF jawans

    Jabalpur: A large number of people attend the funeral procession of CRPF jawan Ashwani Kochi, who lost his life in Thursday's Pulwama terror attack, in Jabalpur. (PTI Photo) 
    A large number of people attend the funeral procession of CRPF jawan Ramesh Yadav, who lost his life in Thursday's Pulwama terror attack, at Masaurhi, in Varanasi. (PTI Photo)
    A large number of people attend the funeral procession of CRPF jawan Sanjay Singh, who lost his life in Thursday's Pulwama terror attack, at Masaurhi, in Patna. (PTI Photo)
    Allahabad: A large number of people attend the funeral procession of CRPF jawan Mahesh Yadav, who lost his life in Thursday's Pulwama terror attack, at Tudihar, in Allahabad district. Yadav lost his life in Pulwama terror attack. (PTI Photo) 

    20:12 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Ranchi | Thousands gather to pay tribute to martyred CRPF jawan

    The mortal remains of CRPF jawan Vijay Soreng arrived at the Birsa Munda Airport here on Saturday amid chants of "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" and "Vande Mataram" by thousands of people who had gathered to pay their last respects to the martyr. Several dignitaries including Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das, Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, Director General of Police D K Pandey and IG (CRPF) Sanjay Lathkar also paid homage to the martyr. Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu, Urban Development Minister C P Singh, former Union minister Subodh Kant Sahay, BJP MP Ram Tahal Choudhary, Central Coalfields CMD Gopal Singh, Army officers and several political leaders were also present.  (PTI)

    20:10 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Shutdown in parts of Valley against attacks on Kashmiris

    A shutdown was observed in Lal Chowk city centre and adjoining areas here on Saturday as a mark of protest against attacks on Kashmiris in Jammu and outside the state. Shopkeepers in Lal Chowk, Maisuma, Residency Road and other adjoining areas downed their shutters at 3 pm in response to a shutdown called by trade bodies of the Valley earlier in the day. The traders also took out a protest march to condemn the attacks on Kashmiris in Jammu and other parts of the country. They demanded the safety of Kashmiri traders and students outside the Valley. Various trade bodies and employees' unions also held a protest at Press Colony here. The trade bodies have also called for Kashmir bandh on Sunday. The bandh call was issued by the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Forum, Kashmir Economic Alliance and other trade bodies of the Valley. Meanwhile, protests also broke out amid a spontaneous shutdown in south Kashmir's Anantnag district.  (PTI)

    20:09 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    FATF to be given dossier to blacklist Pak for terror links

    A dossier, nailing the culpability of Pakistan in the terror attack in Pulwama, will be given to the FATF, an international terror financing watchdog, to expose the neighbouring country's links with terrorism and seeking its blacklisting, officials said Saturday. Security agencies are preparing the dossier with the evidence gathered so far related to the attack carried out by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad and the help being provided to the outfit by the country, they said. This will be a dossier on Pakistani agencies' links with the JeM and how the terror group is being aided by them, a security official said. The details of the terror attacks carried out by the JeM in the past will be mentioned in the document. The Paris-headquartered Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will also be told through the dossier how the Pakistani agencies are providing funds to the JeM, the official said.   (PTI)

    20:07 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    High-level meeting held in J&K

    Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik convened a high-level meeting at the Raj Bhavan today and reviewed the present law and order situation in the state. 

    19:50 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    CRPF jawans being laid to rest with full honours
    19:48 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Virender Sehwag makes contributions towards martyred soldiers’ family

    Former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag on Saturday said that he will “take complete care of the education of the children” of the CRPF jawans who died in Thursday’s terror attack in Pulwama. “Nothing we can do will be enough, but the least I can do is offer to take complete care of the education of the children of our brave CRPF jawans martyred in #Pulwama in my Sehwag International School @SehwagSchool , Jhajjar. Saubhagya hoga,” tweeted Sehwag. 

    19:31 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Home Minister takes stock security of India

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh Saturday reviewed the security situation in the country, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir. The meeting was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval among others. During the meeting, top security officials briefed the home minister about the prevailing situation in the country, including along the Indo-Pak border, a Home Ministry official said. The meeting took stock of the security measures in place to foil any design of the Pak-based terrorist groups to disturb peace in Jammu and Kashmir as well as in hinterlands, the official said. The home minister directed the officials to ensure that all possible steps are taken to hunt down terrorists currently operating in Kashmir valley, another official said. Those who attended the meeting include Union Home Secretary Ajit Doval and Director of Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Jain.

    19:30 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Mortal remains of slain CRPF jawan consigned to flames in Uttarakhand

    Heart-rending scenes were witnessed in Mohammadpur Bhuria village of Udham Singh Nagar district as slain CRPF jawan Virendra Singh's three-year-old son lit his funeral pyre on Saturday. People flocked to Singh's residence this morning to pay their last respects to the soldier who lost his life in the Pulwama terror attack on Thursday. Prominent among those who attended the funeral and gave their shoulders to Singh's coffin were Union Minister of State for Textiles Ajay Tamta, Uttarakhand minister Yashpal Arya and Khatima MLA Pushkar Singh Dhami. 

    19:27 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Dehradun markets remain closed to pay homage

    Markets remained closed in Dehradun on Saturday as a mark of respect to 40 CRPF personnel, including two from Uttarakhand, killed in the Pulwama terror attack. The closure call given by Doon Udyog Vyapar Mandal was supported by more than 260 social organisations, Mandal official Vipin Nagaliya said. Petrol pumps in the city were also closed for five hours. (PTI)

    19:27 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Dehradun markets remain closed to pay homage

    Markets remained closed in Dehradun on Saturday as a mark of respect to 40 CRPF personnel, including two from Uttarakhand, killed in the Pulwama terror attack. The closure call given by Doon Udyog Vyapar Mandal was supported by more than 260 social organisations, Mandal official Vipin Nagaliya said. Petrol pumps in the city were also closed for five hours. (PTI)

    19:27 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Thousands attend last rites of CRPF jawan in Kanpur village

    The last rites of CRPF jawan, Shyam Babu, who was killed in a terror attack in Pulwama, was held in his native village in Kanpur Dehat district Saturday. Thousands of people, including from neighbouring areas, paid their last respects to Babu in Nonari village.

    19:23 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Bhopal | Security personnel and civilians hold a candle march
    19:22 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Omar meets Rajnath, urges to ensure safety of Kashmiri students, traders

    "Just met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Sb to personally pay my condolences for the tragic deaths in Pulwama on Thursday. I requested him to take all steps necessary to ensure Jammu remains calm (sic)," Omar wrote on Twitter. "I took the opportunity to inform Rajnath Singh Sb of the reports I had received of Kashmiri students & others being threatened/harassed and requested him to appoint a nodal officer in HMO India to ensure the directive issued to states is followed in letter & spirit (sic)," he said.

    19:22 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Omar meets Rajnath, urges to ensure safety of Kashmiri students, traders

    "Just met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Sb to personally pay my condolences for the tragic deaths in Pulwama on Thursday. I requested him to take all steps necessary to ensure Jammu remains calm (sic)," Omar wrote on Twitter. "I took the opportunity to inform Rajnath Singh Sb of the reports I had received of Kashmiri students & others being threatened/harassed and requested him to appoint a nodal officer in HMO India to ensure the directive issued to states is followed in letter & spirit (sic)," he said.

    19:21 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Every teardrop will be avenged, says PM Modi in Maharashtra

    "Apart from the government, as citizens of the country, it is our responsibility to stand by the families of those who sacrificed everything for the country. "This is the time for mourning and to show restraint and sensitivity," PM Modi said. "I want to assure each family who lost their loved one that each drop of tear will be avenged (aasu ka pura pura jawab liya jayega)," Modi declared. Speaking further on the Pulwama carnage, the prime minister said times have changed and the world will experience this soon. "Ours is a new India with new methods and policies, and the world will experience this now. Those who spray bullets or those who provide guns and bombs to target our soldiers, will not be spared. We will not allow them to sleep in peace," Modi asserted. READ MORE HERE

    19:19 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    HP | Last rites ceremony of CRPF Constable Tilak Raj at Dhewa in Kangra district
    19:10 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Thread | In line of duty, 40 soldiers make supreme sacrifice
    19:05 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Family members of CRPF Head constable Bablu Santra pay tribute
    17:47 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Locals pay tribute to mortal remains of CRPF jawan in J&K
    17:29 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    BREAKING | IED blast along LoC in Rajouri sector, one Army officer dead

    One Army officer has lost his life in an explosion in the Rajouri sector along the Line of Control. Nature of explosion being ascertained; More details awaited. (ANI)

    17:13 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Mortal remains of CRPF jawan reaches Odisha, final tributes being paid
    17:04 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Bihar | Mortal remains of CRPF Constable Ratan Kumar Thakur reach Bhagalpur
    17:02 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    CM Mamata Banerjee leads candle march in Kolkata to pay respects

    (Express Photo by Partha Paul)
    16:59 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    See Pics | Mortal remains of CRPF jawan from West Bengal reach Kolkata airport, family mourns

    (Express Photos by Shashi Ghose)

    16:20 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    PM Modi pays tributes to CRPF jawans in Maharashtra

    PM Modi in Maharashtra: Jinhone apna sarvaswa nyochavad kar diya, unke parivar ke saath ham hamesha khade rahein. Ye sanyam ka, samvedanshilta ka, shok ka samay hai, lekin har parivar ko main ye bharosa deta hu, aapke aankhon mein jo aansun hain, un aansuon ka pura pura jawab liya jaayega. Aaj main aap sabhi ke beech mein aaya hu jab Pulwama mein hamare jawano par aatankwadiyon ke hamle ko lekar desh akroshit hai. Ek taraf desh gusse mein hai, to dusri taraf har aankh nam hai. Maharashtra ki mitti ne bhi saputon ko khoya hai.  (Those who sacrificed everything for the nation, we stand with their families. This is the time for calm, sympathy and mourning, but I want to assure those families, there will be a response to this act)

    16:05 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Families, locals bid farewell to CRPF jawans killed in Pulwama attack

    Patna: A large number of people attend the funeral procession of CRPF jawan Sanjay Singh, who lost his life in Thursday's Pulwama terror attack, at Masaurhi, in Patna. (PTI Photo)
    Agra: A large gathering during the cremation of slain CRPF Jawan Kaushal Kumar Rawat who lost his life in Pulwama terror attack, Agra. (PTI Photo)

    15:52 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Chandrababu Naidu extends ex-gratia Rs 5 lakh to family of CRPF jawan

    The entire nation is grieving the loss of the brave CRPF Jawans. In their saddest hour, we stand by the bereaved families. Expressing our deepest sympathies, we extend ex gratia of Rs. 5 Lac each, to the families of the martyrs: Chandrababu Naidu, CM Andhra Pradesh 

    15:41 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    High level meeting begins at MHA's residence
    15:38 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Steps taken by local cops for safety of Kashmiri students in Dehradun: J-K police

    The Dehradun police has assured its Jammu and Kashmir counterpart of taking all necessary measures for the safety and security of Kashmiri students studying there amidst allegation of their harassment after the Pulwama terror attack, an official said here Saturday. Some Kashmiri youths studying in the Uttarakhand capital have alleged that they were harassed and have been asked by their landlords to vacate accommodations fearing attacks on their properties in the aftermath of the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir on Thursday that left 40 CRPF personnel dead. "This refers to the circulation of news regarding the harassment of Kashmir-based students in Dehradun. In this regard it is informed that the authorities from Jammu and Kashmir Police have spoken to the authorities concerned in Dehradun Police," a police spokesperson said here. "Jammu and Kashmir Police officers are in constant touch with the Dehradun police," the spokesperson said.    (PTI)

    15:33 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    MHA issues advisory to ensure safety of residents of J&K

    Union home ministry issues advisory to States & UTs in wake of reports that students and other residents of Jammu and Kashmir in other parts experiencing threats and intimidation in wake of the terrorist attack in Pulwama. MHA asks States to ensure their security.

    15:26 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    CRPF pays tribute to its Jawan in Varanasi
    15:19 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    CRPF and state govt await mortal remains of CRPOF jawan at Kolkata airport

    (Express Photo by Shashi Ghosh)
    15:05 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    China express condolences on Pulwama attack, says terrorism is the common enemy of mankind

    Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi sent a condolence message to his Indian counterpart External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the suicide attack in Kashmir. In the message, Wang Yi said he was shocked to learn that a suicide attack was carried out in Kashmir and heavy casualties were caused, he would like to, on behalf of the Chinese Government, express deep sympathy to the families of the victims and sincere condolences to the injured.

    Wang Yi stressed that terrorism is the common enemy of mankind. The Chinese side resolutely opposes and strongly condemns all forms of terrorism. Countries in the region should enhance cooperation, jointly address the threat of terrorism and maintain regional peace and security.

    14:59 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Rahul Gandhi express condolences over Pulwama attack

    Jawans who sacrificed their lives in Jammu and Kashmir, who were martyred, we remember them. Our condolences are with their families, says Rahul Gandhi

    14:58 (IST)16 Feb 2019
    Massive crowd to pay respect to CRPF jawan in Patna

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    On February 14, at around 3.15 p.m militants targeted the CRPF convoy near Lethpora Awantipora on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway. While CRPF initially said that it was an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), police sources said it was a suicide bomber who rammed his car into the bus of 54 Battalion of CRPF.

    In a telephonic call to a local news agency, Jaish said that a fidayeen militants of the outfit was driving the explosive-laden car. Jaish later identified the suicide bomber at Adil Ahmad, a resident of Gundi bagh in Pulwama.

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