Brig. K.G. Behl (Retd.)
The whole country is stirred by the news that 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel have been killed, and many others injured when terrorists targeted a convoy with a car bomb at Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday. It is a very sad incident where the country’s 40 jawans have become “Shahid” and many others injured and needs to be avenged by a strong action against Pakistan who is behind this incident, though the terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the attack. It is not easy to collect 350 kgs. of explosives in a vehicle unnoticed and that too in a India made Mahindra Scorpio vehicle. It must have been done in a phased manner and the vehicle must have been put close by in disguise which was driven to hit the convoy and explode. It is learnt that a warning was sent a week back and preparation were going on since then which resulted in such a ghastly attack. It is definitely a well planned action by Pakistan which caused a serious breach of security on Indian side.
The incident has awakened the whole country who are now one against Pakisan and want strict and immediate action against that country. The Defense Forces should be given a free hand to take action against Pakistan at appropriate time and place. It is heartening that the whole country is one today and the Prime Minister has promised to give a befitting reply to the culprits.