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Who Benefitted Most From Pulwama Attack? Rahul Gandhi Questions BJP On Terror Attack Anniversary

Pulwama Attack: The Powerful Explosion, Which Reduced The Bus To A Mangled Heap Of Iron, Was Heard Many Kilometres Away, Including In Some Parts Of Srinagar Adjoining Pulwama District.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Fayiq Wani | Updated on: 14 Feb 2020, 10:13:06 AM
Rahul Gandhi on Pulwama Attack

Pulwama Attack: The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group claimed responsibility for the attack that took place about 20 km from Srinagar. (Photo Credit: File Photo-PTI)

New Delhi:

Pulwama Attack: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday while paying tribute to over 40 CRPF personnel who were killed in Jammu and Kashmir last year questioned the ruling BJP over outcome of the inquiry into the attack. In one of the deadliest terror attacks a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into a CRPF bus in Pulwama district that also left many critically wounded.

Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi wrote: “Today as we remember our 40 CRPF martyrs in the PulwamaAttack , let us ask: 1. Who benefitted the most from the attack? 2. What is the outcome of the inquiry into the attack? 3. Who in the BJP Govt has yet been held accountable for the security lapses that allowed the attack? (sic).”

Before Gandhi, CPI(M) leader Mohammed Salim had said there was no need to build a memorial for the 40 CRPF personnel killed. He said rather than a memorial to remind the country of it's incompetence we must get answers as to how the attack took place. In his tweet Salim said, "We dont need a memorial to remind us of our incompetence. The only thing we need to know is how 80kg of RDX got past the international borders to the 'most militarised zone on earth' & exploded in #Pulwama (sic)."

Jaish-e-Mohammed claims responsibility

The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group claimed responsibility for the attack that took place about 20 km from Srinagar. More than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force personnel, many of them returning from leave to rejoin duty in the Valley, were travelling in the convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu highway at Latoomode in Awantipora in south Kashmir around 3.15 pm.

Police later identified the suicide bomber as Adil Ahmed, who officials said joined the Jaish in 2018.

He was driving a vehicle packed with tonnes of explosives on the wrong side of the road and hit the bus, in which 39-44 personnel were travelling.

The powerful explosion, which reduced the bus to a mangled heap of iron, was heard many kilometres away, including in some parts of Srinagar adjoining Pulwama district. Body parts could be seen strewn around the area.

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First Published : 14 Feb 2020, 09:51:36 AM