New Delhi, Feb.15:
At the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting this morning Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured people that the perpetrators of the terror strike in which 44 CRPF men were martyred would be punished. He said it was important that the country spoke in one voice after the terror strike. A convoy of 78 vehicles carrying over 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force jawans was targeted by militants.Jaishi-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the massacre.
India would give a befitting response to the terror attack, Modi said, calling on the international community to stand together to defeat terrorism.
The high-profile CCS meet on Friday morning was chaired by the Prime Minister. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Nirmala Sitharaman were also present at the meeting.
Meanwhile, National Security Advisor Doval, who is closely associated with the surgical strikes, is monitoring the situation and is in touch with senior CRPF officers briefing him on the situation on a minute-to-minute basis.
Rajnath also met Special DIB, IB director and NSA Ajit Doval.
Top security officials are learnt to have made a presentation on the incident and the overall security situation in the State.
The mortal remains of the CRPF personnel killed will be sent to their homes across the country this afternoon, officials said. While a majority of the bodies have been identified, some of them have been mangled beyond recognition.
A home ministry official said arrangements have been made to hand over the bodies to the families.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who visited Jammu and Kashmirto take stock of the situation , Governor Satya Pal Malik, DG of CRPF R.R. Bhatnagar paid their last respect to the departed souls in Srinagar before the bodies flown flown out of the State.Rajnath has also spoken to Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, who had just reached Thimpu in Bhutan and has summoned him back to Delhi. A 12-member team of the National Investigative Agency (NIA), led by an IG-rank officer will also go to the blast site in Pulwama.
“ A strong reply will be given and I assure the people of the country this. The country pays tribute to the brave jawans who were martyred,” Rajnath Singh said.Jammu and Kashmir Raj Bhawan PRO on Pulwama attack said, “Governor Satyapal Malik observed forces responsible for the insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir are desperate and frustrated and just want to prove presence. Visibly it seems to be guided from across border as Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility.”