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Taking to Twitter, the party said, “After the election speeches and photo-ops, the BJP govt has completely forgotten about the families of the martyrs.”

The site on on the Srinagar-Jammu highway where 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were killed in a suicide attack by militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Feb 14, 2019. (File Photo: IANS) by .
The site on on the Srinagar-Jammu highway where 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were killed in a suicide attack by militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Feb 14, 2019. (File Photo: IANS)

As the nation on Friday commemorated the 40 CRPF men martyred in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir a year ago, the Congress lashed out at the BJP government alleging that the saffron party has been politicising the issue of the martyred troopers and has forgotten the families of the slain jawans.

The Congress also demanded that the Pulwama investigation be made public.

Taking to Twitter, the party said, “After the election speeches and photo-ops, the BJP govt has completely forgotten about the families of the martyrs.”

“They promised them jobs & compensation, yet 1 year after the attack the families are forced to beg the govt for what is owed to them,” the Congress said while highlighting the plight of the families whose sons were martyred in Pulwama.

Some vehicles in a convoy of 78 buses carrying around 2,500 security personnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway were rammed by an explosive-laden vehicle driven by a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad at Lethpora in Pulwama district on February 14 last year, resulting in the deaths of 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel and the attacker.

A Court of Inquiry as well as an internal inquiry by the CRPF into the attack were ordered, though the government is yet to reveal their reports.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor demanded that the results of the Pulwama attack investigation be made public, “Why has the report of the Pulwama attack not been made public?” he tweeted.

He wrote “I salute the martyrs, mourn with their families and thank the soldiers who take risks every day to keep our country safe but India should not wait any more for accountability. Has there been a serious investigation into what happened?

Kolkata: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor addresses at "Inspire The Champion In You Series" programme in Kolkata, on Jan 18, 2019. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS) by .
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor

“Do the people of India not deserve answers? Is the BJP govt suppressing the report in order to hide their failures?” he questioned.

“Who was responsible? Who is accountable for decisions that left 40 jawans vulnerable?”

The Congress leader alleged that the BJP cloaks itself in the Tricolour as a shield against all criticism. “But patriotism is a faith, not an alibi. Govts are not absolved from taking responsibility for what happens on their watch.” he said.

The Congress has alleged that under the BJP’s rule terror-related casualties ,infiltration across the LoC and attacks on Indian bases have increased.

Rahul raises questions on Pulwama attack, BJP hits back

Even as the nation commemorated the 40 CRPF men martyred in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir a year ago, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday asked who benefited from the terror attack. The BJP hit back, claiming that he had given a “clean chit” to Pakistan in the case.

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi pay tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru on his death anniversary at Shantivan, New Delhi on May 27, 2019. (Photo: IANS) by .
Congress ledaer Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “Today, as we remember our 40 CRPF martyrs in the Pulwama attack, let us ask: Who benefited the most from the attack? What is the outcome of the inquiry into the attack? Who in the BJP government has been held accountable for the security lapses that allowed the attack?”

Reacting to Gandhi’s tweet, Bharatiya Janata Party’s IT Cell chief Amit Malviya accused Gandhi of giving the clean chit to Pakistan on its role in the attack.

“…allowed the attack? Are you, Mr Gandhi, suggesting that Pakistan is not responsible for the attack in Pulwama? Why would you insist on giving them a clean chit? Did you not see the Indian forces take out terrorists in Balakot? Are you disappointed that India took resolute action?” tweeted Malviya.

Twitterati pay stirring tributes to Pulwama martyrs

People all across the country paid their homage and tributes on Twitter to the martyred soldiers on the first anniversary of the Pulwama attack.

Twitterati showed their gratitude and sympathy for the soldiers with Twitter stories and using hashtags like #CRPFJawans, #PulwamaMartyrs, #PulwamaAttack and #PulwamaNahinBhulenge.

President Ram Nath Kovind. (File Photo: IANS/RB) by .
President Ram Nath Kovind.

Taking to Twitter, President Ram Nath Kovind wrote, “A grateful nation salutes the supreme sacrifice of our brave soldiers who lost their lives in the dastardly attack by terrorists in Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir on this day last year. We remain firm in our resolve to defeat and eliminate terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “Tributes to the brave martyrs who lost their lives in the gruesome Pulwama attack last year. They were exceptional individuals who devoted their lives to serving and protecting our nation. India will never forget their martyrdom.”

Home Minister Amit Shah tribute to Pulwama martyrs and wrote, “I pay homage to the martyrs of Pulwama attack. India will forever be grateful of our bravehearts and their families who made supreme sacrifice for the sovereignty and integrity of our motherland.”

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during 'Vijay Sankalp' rally organised by the BJP ahead of February 8 Delhi Assembly elections, at Karkardooma's CBD Ground in New Delhi on Feb 3, 2020. (Photo: IANS) by .
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Photo: IANS)

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, “Remembering the fallen @crpfindia personnel who were martyred during the dastardly attack in Pulwama (J&K) on this day in 2019. India will never forget their sacrifice. Entire nation stands united against terrorism and we are committed to continue our fight against this menace.”

“Our brave soldiers place themselves in harm’s way, committed to the safety & wellbeing of others ahead of their own. Nation should never forget the sacrifice of #PulwamaMartyrs. May their valour, commitment & dedication become an inspiration for all to build a secure nation,” wrote spiritual guru Sadhguru.

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