On the first anniversary of the Pulwama suicide attack, CRPF personnel deployed at the spot paid homage to their fallen comrades and recalled that everything was shattered within minutes.
Lethpora: On the first anniversary of the Pulwama suicide attack, CRPF personnel deployed at the spot paid homage to their fallen comrades and recalled that everything was shattered within minutes. “I heard a loud bang and everything was shaking. I saw flames rising towards the sky. It was haunting and confusing both. We didn’t expect a suicide attack,” said Ram Krishen, a CRPF officer, who was incharge of the part of highway at Lethpora where the attack happened. The officer said he was some 200 meter away from the spot and his colleague was looking for officer Mohan Lal, who was standing on the divider so that no civilian vehicle could get in while the convoy was passing.
“Lal just disappeared with the blast. Three men posted on a hillock on the other side of the highway fell with the intensity of the blast as body parts of the fallen soldiers hit their faces,” says Krishen, who by now had rushed to the spot as the surviving CRPF men had opened cover fire to sanitise the area from any possible intruder waiting nearby. Lal, another official posted at the spot said, tried to stop the attacker as he drove in between two CRPF vehicles.
“The impact of the blast was such that it created an 8-inch depression in the road and reduced the two vehicles almost to ashes,” said Krishen. Adil Ahmad Dar, a resident of Pulwama associated with Jaish-e-Mohammad, had carried out the attack. He had rammed the explosive-laden car into the CRPF convoy. This was one of deadliest attacks in the 30-year terrorism history of J&K and biggest after the Uri attacks in 2016 in which 19 armed forces personnel were killed. Dar had rammed his explosive laden car into the 14th vehicle of the 55-vehicle long CRPF convoy.
Source : Economic Times