New Delhi, Feb 14: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Union cabinet ministers on Thursday condemned the terror attack on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy at Awantipora in south Kashmir district of Pulwama.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, the Vice President said,'Shocked by the dastardly terrorist attack in which CRPF personnel were martyred. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved families and prayers for speedy recovery of the injured. @crpfindia'.
The PM said,'Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs. May the injured recover quickly.'
Finance minister Piyush Goyal said,'Deeply saddened by news of the IED blast in #Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir in which our brave CRPF Jawans have been martyred. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with our injured Jawans to recover soon.'
Housing and Urban Affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri said,'No martyr will be forgotten.No attack will go unanswered.Humble homage to the 18 bravehearts who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty in #Pulwama.'
Minister for communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said,'My salute to the brave #CRPF personnel who lost their lives or got injured in #Pulwama. Nations stands with them. Their sacrifice only strengthens our resolve in the fight against terrorism.'
Former Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje said,'Condemn the dastardly attack on the #CRPF Personnel in #Pulwama. My thoughts and prayers are with the anguished families of our martyred brave-hearts. We stand with you and we will fight back. I wish the injured a speedy recovery.'
At least 20 CRPF personnel were martyred and several others injured in a fidayeen attack at Awantipora in south Kashmir district of Pulwama on Srinagar-Jammu national highway on Thursday afternoon.
Militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Official sources said the militants rammed an IED-laden vehicle into a vehicle carrying CRPF personnel at Goripora, Awantipora. (UNI)