Indian sportspersons came out in numbers on social media to condemn the terror attack in south Kashmir’s Pulwama that has resulted in the death of at least 40 CRPF personnel. Terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the attack while identifying the bomber as a local militant.
Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, said that “enough is enough” and that conversations have “to be in a battle ground.”
Yes, let’s talk with the separatists. Yes, let’s talk with Pakistan. But this time conversation can’t be on the table, it has to be in a battle ground. Enough is enough. 18 CRPF personnel killed in IED blast on Srinagar-Jammu highway https://t.co/aa0t0idiHY via @economictimes
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) 14 February 2019
Gambhir’s former opening partner Virender Sehwag also expressed his condolences over the death of security personnel saying “no words are enough to describe the pain”. In a tweet, he said, “Really pained by the cowardly attack on our CRPF in J&K in which our brave men have been martyred. No words are enough to describe the pain. I wish a speedy recovery to those injured.”
Really pained by the cowardly attack on our CRPF in J&K in which our brave men have been martyred . No words are enough to describe the pain. I wish a speedy recovery to those injured.#SudharJaaoWarnaSudhaarDenge
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 14 February 2019
Suresh Raina tweeted that he is “deeply disturbed by the news.” Many other sportspersons such as Saina Nehwal, tennis star Rohan Bopanna, wrestlers Sakshi Malik, Yogeshwat Dutt and Bajrang, boxers Vijender Singh and Manoj Kumar; wrestler Sakshi Malik; paddler Manika Batra and hockey player Rani Rampal, among others, also tweeted their tributes.
Going through a range of emotions with regard to what’s happened in Pulwama. Keeping all those aside for the moment and praying that the families of the soldiers find the courage to cope with a loss that should never have been.
— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) 15 February 2019
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) 15 February 2019
Shocked to hear the news of the #KashmirTerrorAttack .. my sincere condolences to the families and friends of the martyred CRPF jawans 🙏 😔😔
— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) 14 February 2019
— Rohan Bopanna (@rohanbopanna) 15 February 2019
Strongly condemn the terror attack in Pulwama, J&K. My prayers are with the jawans who were martyred and their grieving families.
— Kidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) 15 February 2019
Sad. Angry. Heartbroken.
Thoughts and prayers with the families of our martyrs. #Pulawama
— Rupinder Pal Singh (@rupinderbob3) 15 February 2019
— Shiva Thapa (@shivathapa) 14 February 2019
Deeply saddened & shocked by the cowardly attack 😭🙏 RIP & strength to the family who lost their brave soldier 😔 pic.twitter.com/Zhc5t3QHNG
— Yuvraj Walmiki (@YWalmiki) 14 February 2019
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— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) 14 February 2019
पुलवामा में #CRPF काफिले पर हुए आतंकी हमले में शहीद सभी जवानों को भावभीनी श्रद्धांजलि। हमले में घायल सभी जवानों के शीघ्र स्वस्थ होने की देशवासी कामना करते है।संकट और दुःख की इस घड़ी में पूरा देश उनके परिवारों के साथ खड़ा है।
— Manoj Kumar 🇮🇳 (@BoxerManojkr) 14 February 2019
वो आज फिर शहीद हो गए…ताकी हम ज़िंदा रहे सके….😭😭😭
🇮🇳भगवान सभी के परिवारों को हिम्मत दे…बहुत ही दुखद😭
— praveen kumar (@praveenkumar) 14 February 2019
Terribly saddened to hear the news of the #Pulwama attack. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.🙏🏻
— Sakshi Malik (@SakshiMalik) 14 February 2019
Painful news from Pulwama Such a cowardly attack on the CRPF convoy. The highest sacrifice from our martyrs should not go waste. The perpetrators must be taught an immediate lesson. My heartfelt prayers for the families and injured.🙏🏻#Pulwama
— Unmukt Chand (@UnmuktChand9) 14 February 2019
— Manika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) 14 February 2019
— Rani Rampal (@imranirampal) 14 February 2019
As per the local police, the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber, who rammed his explosive-laden car into the CRPF convoy. The CRPF bus was on its way from Jammu to Srinagar. Inspector General of CRPF, Zulfikar Hassan, said, “Yes, there has been an attack on the CRPF convoy.” He added, “We are still ascertaining what has happened.”