New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with his head bent and his head bowed, walked around 40 tricolor-covered coffins on Friday night as he conducted the nation in the last respect to the Police Force personnel. the Central Reserve killed in the Pulwama terrorist attack.
The bodies of the dead jawans reached the Palam air force area of Delhi in a special aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) at night. The bodies were received by Interior Minister Rajnath Singh, who had visited Kashmir earlier that day.
Decorated with white floral arrangements, 40 tricolor wrapped coffins were carefully arranged in the hangar, where senior CRPF officials deposited crowns one by one in a solemn ceremony, officials said.
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the heads of the three services (Army, Air Force and Navy) and the chief cabinet ministers, including Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, also paid tribute to the dead CRPF staff.
Gandhi, who was standing next to Army Chief Bipin Rawat, politely asked the general to give him the place to pay his respects, the officials said. After the dignitaries gave their tribute, the prime minister, dressed in white with a shawl of dark color, arrived at the hangar and went directly to the podium where the coffins were kept.
He was silent for a few moments, before taking a round of the coffins with his hands together and his head bowed.
In the afternoon, Interior Minister Rajnath Singh, along with J & K DGP Dilbagh Singh, helped carry the coffin of a jawan CRPF killed after he laid a wreath on the mortal remains of the troops killed in the attack.
“The nation will not forget the supreme sacrifice of our brave CRPF jawans, I have paid my last respects to the Pulwama martyrs, the sacrifice will not be in vain,” Singh said.
Forty CRPF employees were killed and five wounded in one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, when a suicide bomber Jaish-e-Mohammed hit a vehicle carrying 80 kg of explosives on his bus in the district of Pulwama.