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Pulwama Attack: PM Narendra Modi assures stern action as anger, outrage grow across India

Pakistan-based Banned Terror Outfit, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Claimed Responsibility And Released A Video Of Suicide Bomber Adil Ahmad Dar Soon After The Attack.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Srishty Choudhury | Updated on: 16 Feb 2019, 12:18:02 AM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to CRPF jawans at New Delhi's Palam airport

New Delhi:

As many as 42 CRPF jawans were killed and dozens of others injured after an SUV with 350 kg of explosives hit a bus carrying the personnel in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Thursday. The vehicle was blown up by an improvised explosive device or IED explosion on Srinagar-Jammu highway in the Awantipora area of the district, a police official said, adding that the exact number of the deceased is yet to be ascertained. After 2016 Uri terror attack, this is considered to be the deadliest terror strikes in Jammu and Kashmir in nearly two decades. The incident occurred at Lethpora on the Srinagar-Anantnag highway followed by gunshots aimed at the security forces in Pulwama district.

Here are the LIVE updates:

12.00 am: Britain has issued travel advice asking visitors to refrain from travelling to Srinagar and between Jammu and Srinagar on the national highway.

10.43 pm: The response of the international community in condemning this barbarous attack in one voice will strengthen our resolve to fight this menace, says former President Pranab Mukherjee. 

10.41 pm: I'm extremely pained by this act of inhumanity perpetrated by terrorists. In this hour of grief, we must stand together as a nation. The united front put up by political parties and politicians across the spectrum is a sight of that unity, says ex-President Pranab Mukherjee.

10.40 pm: All prior commitments of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for tomorrow and day after tomorrow have been cancelled. She will go to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to pay last respects to the CRPF jawans of the two states who lost their lives in Pulwama attack.

9.50 pm: Mortal remains of CRPF jawans are to be kept in AIIMS mortuary.

9.23 pm: NIA team, along with explosives and forensic experts, have collected materials required for forensic evaluation of the scene of the crime. Considering the status, the team would continue with a sifting of material tomorrow too. The outcome would be made known after analysis is over.

9.22 pm: 

8.55 pm:  Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has announced a government job to the next of the kin of the four Pulwama martyred CRPF soldiers from the state, along with Rs 12 lakh of financial assistance to each family.

8.50 pm: Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale met Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui separately during the meeting today over Pulwama Attack. The Foreign Secretary spoke on Jaish-e-Mohammed and Pakistan. He also mentioned the matter of listing of Masood Azhar by UNSC.

8.48 pm: PM Modi leaves Palam airport after paying tribute to CRPF jawans.

8.40 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays wreath on the mortal remains of the CRPF jawans.

8.38 pm: PM Modi reaches Palam airport to pay tribute to CRPF jawans. 

8.32 pm: 

8.31 pm: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal pays his last respects to the CRPF jawans.

8.30 pm: 

8.25 pm: Home Minister Rajnath Singh pays tribute to the CRPF jawans who were killed in Pulwama attack.

8.21 pm: Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore pays last respects to CRPF jawans.

8.20 pm: 

8.20 pm: 

8.16 pm: Congress president Rahul President pays his tribute to jawans who lost thier lives in Pulwama. 

8.15 pm: Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa pays his tribute to CRPF jawans.

8.09 pm: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announces compensation of Rs 50 Lakh for the families of the jawans, from the state, who lost their lives in Pulwama attack.

8.07 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked ministers in BJP governed states and BJP MPs to attend last rites of jawans, who lost their lives in Pulwama Attack, in their respective states and constituencies.

8.00 pm: Home Minister Rajnath Singh present at the airport.

7.47 pm: 

7.44 pm: Army chief Bipin Rawat to pay his tribute to CRPF jawans who were killed yesterday. 

7.40 pm: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reaches Palam Airport.

7.39 pm: Congress president Rahul Gandhi reaches New Delhi's Palam Airport.

7.25 pm: 

7.25 pm: Plane carrying mortal remains of CRPF jawans arrives at New Delhi's Palam Airport.

7.24 pm: Foreign Secretary also highlighted the role played by Pakistan in using terrorism as an instrument of its state policy. MEA will continue to take all steps to expose the complicity of Pakistan in Pulwama Attack and demand immediate and verifiable action against JeM and its leader Masood Azhar

7.24 pm: All Heads of Missions were left in no doubt about the role played by Pakistan based&supported Jaish-e-Mohammed in the terror attack and our demand that Pakistan ceases forthwith all support and financing to terror groups operating from areas under their control. Pulwama Attack ANI added,

7.24 pm: As part of continuing diplomatic efforts on the matter, Foreign Secy has met around 25 Heads of Mission based in New Delhi today from all P-5 countries, all South Asian countries & other important partners like Japan, Germany, Republic of Korea and others. 

7.22 pm: 

07.15 pm: Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat announces ex-gratia of Rs 25 Lakh each to families of the jawans from the state, who lost their lives in Pulwama Attack yesterday. One member each of the families of the deceased jawans will also be given a govt job, as per their qualification.

07.06 pm: 

School students in Noida take out 'candle march' to express their grief after 40 soldiers were killed in Pulwama yesterday.


07.02 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reach Delhi's Palam airport soon.

07.01 pm: Congress president Rahul Gandhi to reach Palam airport soon to pay his last tributes to the CRPF soldiers who were killed on Thursday in Pulwama.

6.56 pm: 

6.48 pm: Plane carrying the mortal remains of CRPF jawans who were killed yesterday in Pulwama is scheduled to reach New Delhi at 7.30 pm.

6.45 pm: Delhi's Patiala House Court allows Indian National Lok Dal leader Abhay Singh Chautala to travel to Lahore, Pakistan for a personal visit. Chautala is an accused in a disproportionate assets case.

6.44 pm: Asks governor and Home Minister to take care of safety and security of minorities, Kashmiris in Jammu and elsewhere in the country: PDP President Mehbooba Mufti on the prevailing situation in the state.

6.41 pm: Cowardly, dastardly, meaningless...... my heart goes out to the families of those who lost their loved ones and prayers for the recovery of those brave hearts in hospital. Salute to your commitment to “Service and Loyalty”, tweets Sachin Tendulkar.

6.28 pm: Representatives from Germany, Hungary, Italy, European Union, Canada, Britain, Russia, Israel, Australia and Japan have arrived.

6.25 pm: Unfortunate event in which our soldiers gave supreme sacrifice. I'd like to express my condolences to families of noble jawans. I pray God gives their families strength to bear irreparable loss and pray for early recovery and good health of injured jawans, says Union Minister Piyush Goyal.

6.23 pm: Our armed forces & people of India are competent to give a befitting reply to such forces. Our jawans will ensure that any forces which are enemy to India's interest get a strong rejoinder & people of India will continue to give confidence to them, says Piyush Goyal.

6.22 pm: Chinese State Councilor and FM Wang Yi wrote to EAM Sushma Swaraj, condemned Pulwama attack, expressed deep sympathy to families of victims and injured, and stressed that China resolutely opposes and strongly condemns all forms of terrorism.

6.13 pm: 

5.58 pm: We strongly condemn the terrorist attack on the CRPF in Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir on February 14 & extend deepest condolences and sympathy to those who lost their lives in the attack and their bereaved families, says South Korean foreign ministry.

5.53 pm: All party meeting to be held tomorrow at 11 am in Parliament library.

5.51 pm: Plane carrying mortal remains of CRPF jawans leave Srinagar.

5.44 pm: Mortal remains of the jawan hailing from Nadia district will reach Kolkata tonight at 11.30 pm and the mortal remains of the jawan hailing from Howrah district will reach Kolkata tomorrow morning 9.30am.

5.40 pm: 

5.35 pm: Civilian movement to be stopped during passage of military convoy: Rajnath Singh.

5.34 pm: I've requested state governments to extend the maximum help they can lend to the bereaved families. I've given all the necessary directions to the officers. The morale has not taken a hit. We'll see this fight against terrorism to the end: Rajnath Singh.

5.29 pm: We condemn Pulwana attack and stern actions will be taken against terror groups: Rajnath Singh.

5.25 pm: Senior MEA officials are reaching out to all important partners via diplomatic missions in wake of Pulwama Attack to apprise them of involvement of Pakistan backed terror groups: Sources.

5.17 pm: To my dear friend, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, we stand with you, the security forces and the people of India following this heinous terrorist attack. We send our condolences to the families of the victims, says PM of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu.

5.04 pm: 

5.03 pm: What has this bloodshed got to do with Kartarpur? It connects-people, hearts. When a person becomes a pilgrim out of devotion, he becomes a different person. What I feel is we should deliberate over this, find the root cause of the problem and uproot it, says Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu.

4.41 pm: Shiv Sena demands for a joint session of Parliament to hold discussions over yesterday's Pulwama Attack.

4.36 pm: 

4.09 pm: Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria will leave tonight for Delhi for the consultations tomorrow.

4.00 pm: 

3.51 pm: India's High Commissioner to Pakistan, Ajay Bisaria called back by the government for consultation. 

3.51 pm: An FIR has been registered against Basim Hilal, a student of Aligarh Muslim University, for his tweet over yesterday's Pulwama Attack. He has been booked under section 153A IPC & Section 67A of the IT Act. Hilal has been suspended by the University.

3.24 pm: 

3.20 pm: 

3 pm: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik and Army's Northern Command chief Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, pay tribute to CRPF personnel in Budgam.

3 pm: President Ashraf Ghani strongly condemns terror attack targeting CRPF personnel in J&K. Afghanistan expresses sympathy and deep condolences to the Indian government and people, and the families of the soldiers who fell victim to the incident. "Terrorism is a cancer in the region, and it requires collective efforts to root it out," President Ashraf Ghani said. 

02.45 pm: Visuals of protest against Pakistan from Ranchi, Jharkhand:

02.40 pm: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami has announced a solatium of Rs 20 lakh each to the families of the two CRPF personnel

02.30 pm: Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrives in Srinagar.

02.34 pm: Conspirators of Pulwama attack will be punished, our neighbouring country has forgotten that this is a new India. Pakistan is going through an economic crisis; Pakistan is roaming around with its begging bowl but it’s not getting help from the world, the PM said.

02.21 pm: 130 crore Indians will give a befitting reply, says PM.

02.20 pm: Pakistan has opted for path of destruction, says PM Modi at a rally in Jhansi.

02.18 pm: We will decide on the place and time of revenge, says PM Modi.

02.15 pm: Our brave soldiers have sacrificed their lives and these sacrifices will not go in vain. The valour of our security forces has been witnessed by the country and there can be no one in our country who doubts their valour and bravery, says PM Modi in Jhansi.

02.11 pm: Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood to the Ministry of External Affairs today and issued a very strong demarche in connection with the terrorist attack in Pulwama.

01.58 pm: Lawyers stage protest outside Telangana High Court against in Hyderabad.

01.50 pm: The IAS Association of Uttarakhand to contribute one day's salary to the family members of the CRPF personnel who lost their lives in Pulwama attack yesterday. The amount will be sent to the CRPF Headquarters in Delhi.

01.35 pm: DGP UP, OP Singh observed two-minute silence to pay homage to the CRPF personnel who lost their lives in Pulwama attack.

01.30 pm: Movement of convoys of security forces has been halted in the Kashmir valley today.

01.20 pm: It's with great sorrow that we learnt about the attack. All the perpetrators should be punished. We express our heartfelt condolences to the grieving families of the deceased, says Nikolay R Kudashev, Russian Ambassador to India.

01.15 pm: Commenting on the incident at Lethpora Pulwama, Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik said that people and leadership of Kashmir regret every killing that happens on its soil. As we witness killing of our loved ones, our young, and shoulder their coffins each dayn we can feel and understand the pain and sense of loss that the family and friends of those who are  killed go through, not for a day or two when everyone is expressing grief and condolences to them ,but the silent grief and loss that stays with them for a lifetime.

01.11 pm: Withdrawal of the Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan was an important tactical step by govt. Ministry of External Affairs will undertake major diplomatic initiatives to ensure that Pakistan is brought to justice, says BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav.

01.10 pm: It is condemnable, it's a cowardly act. It needs a permanent solution through dialogue, how long will the Jawans sacrifice their lives? How long will the bloodshed continue? People who do this must be punished. Hurling abuses won't help, says Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu

01.08 pm: Clashes break out in Jammu, cautionary curfew imposed at Bus Stand, Nawabad, Bakshi Nagar, Peer Mitha, Pacca Danga, Channi Himmat, Janipur, Domana, Bagh-E-Bahu, areas

01.05 pm: Locals protest in Kathua against Pakistan.

01.03 pm: We will not forget, We will not forgive - We salute our martyrs of #PulwamaAttack and stand with the families of our martyr brothers. This heinous attack will be avenged: CRPF.

12.53 pm: Mortal remains of CRPF personnel at CRPF camp at Budgam in Jammu and Kashmir.

12.30 pm: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announces Rs 20 lakh compensation to the family of CRPF personnel Tilak Raj who lost his life in the Pulwama attack yesterday.

12.29 pm: NSA Ajit Doval has held discussions with all the security forces and agencies on the attack.

12.20 pm: “Pakistan is trying to destabilise the country. The nation respects their sacrifice, country will always be indebted to the security forces. Their sacrifice won't go in vain. The country will give them befitting reply,” says Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

12.17 pm: Our security forces will ensure that those who have indulged in this act will have to pay a heavy price for it, says Union Minister Arun Jaitley.

12.15 pm: “Germany condemns terrorism in all forms. We are gravely shocked and deeply saddened. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims. Germany stand with its strategic partner India,” Jasper Wieck, Charge d'Affaires of the German Embassy in India.

12 pm: Today is a day of mourning. Our country has lost close to 40 jawans and our foremost duty is to convey to the families that we are with them in condemning this act of terrorism. We shall never compromise with terrorist forces, says former PM Manmohan Singh.

11.58 am: This is a time of mourning, sadness, & respect. We are fully supporting the govt of India and our security forces. We are not going to get into any other conversation apart from this, says Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

11.56 am: The entire opposition stands with the government and the security forces, says Rahul Gandhi.

11.55 am: This is a terrible tragedy. This type of violence done against our soldiers is absolutely disgusting. We are all standing together with our jawans. No force can divide or break this country, says Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.

11.42 am: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao cancels his birthday celebrations scheduled for 17th February in wake of Pulwama Attack and appeals to party leaders and workers to not celebrate the event in any form.

11.40 am: "On behalf of Diplomatic Corps in India, we would like to express our deep sympathy to Indian govt&families of victims of this horrendous act. Firmly support Indian govt in their fight against terrorism,"  Dean of Diplomatic Corps Hans Dannenberg Castellanos.

11.34 am: "Our party strongly condemns this terrorist attack and offers deepest condolences to the families of the soldiers who lost their lives. We appeal to the central government to find a lasting solution to this problem," says BSP chief Mayawati.

11.26 am: The government has convened an all-party meeting to discuss all political parties on this issue on Saturday. In this meeting, the government will convey its stand to everyone.


11.25 am: Preparations at Srinagar's RTC Centre are on for a tribute ceremony for the CRFP soldiers killed in yesterday's terror attack. So far 25 bodies have reached the centre. Home Minister Rajnath Singh's arrival awaited after which the bodies will be released.

11.07 am: Senior officials including Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, DG CRPF RR Bhatnagar, Additional Director IB Arvind Kumar are accompanying Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Srinagar.

11.05 am: If our neighbour, which is totally isolated in the world, thinks it can destabilise India through its tactics and conspiracies, then it is making a big mistake.

11.02 am: I thank all the nations who have supported us and condemned this incident in the strongest of terms. A strong reply will be given to this attack, says PM.

11 am: The forces behind this act of terrorism & those responsible for it, will be definitely be punished, says PM.

10.56 am: I pay tribute to soldiers who lost their lives in Pulwama Attack. Our security forces have been given full freedom. We have full faith in their bravery, says PM Modi.

10.55 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi observes a two-minute silence for the CRPF personnel who were killed in the Pulwama terror attack yesterday.

10.52 am: India withdraws MFN status to Pakistan.

10.50 am: Arun Jaitley addresses the media.

10.42 am: BJP president Amit Shah on Friday appealed to political parties to rise above politics and come together on the issue of national security, saying these are times when "we must strengthen our resolve to make India stronger and safer. I appeal to the political class- let us rise above politics and show that we are together when it comes to matters of national security. Nothing matters above India!" Shah said in a series of tweets.

10.40 am:US State Department has issued a travel advisory to its citizens asking them to reconsider travel to Pakistan due to terrorism.

10.39 am: The meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security has concluded. Home Minister Rajnath Singh to soon leave for Srinagar, J&K. Arun Jaitley Nirmala Sitharaman to address media shortly.

10.34 am: The family of CRPF personnel Nasheer Ahmed in mourning at Rajouri.

10.30 am: "When the Congress govt was at Centre & terrorist attack took place, the present PM criticised our Congress govt. So far this govt has not taken any step to curb terrorism in Jammu&Kashmir, on the other hand, it is increasing," says Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy. He also says, "We are losing our Jawans; Let PM take responsibility for the attack. He said that the Congress leaders are not having 56 inches (chest size), it has been proved that the PM is not having the 56 inches. (chest size)."

10.25 am: School students pay tribute to the CRPF personnel who lost their lives at a school in Moradabad.

10.20 am: Appropriate action will be taken, it's a very sad incident, it's deplorable, it's something which should lead us to taking action, so that this should not happen again. Pakistan must take action against JeM & Masood Azhar, the onus is on Pak now, says MoS MEA & former Army Chief VK Singh.

10.10 am: The Family of CRPF personnel Jaimal Singh in mourning at Moga.

10.05 am: Indian Air Force C-17 to go to Srinagar from Hindon to get the mortal remains of CRPF personnel killed.

9.53 am: Please accept the most sincere condolences. We strongly condemn this brutal crime. The perpetrators & sponsors of this attack, undoubtedly, should be duly punished, Russian President Vladimir Putin to President of India Ram Nath Kovind and PM Narendra Modi.

9.50 am: The meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security is underway at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg.

9.44 am: Family of CRPF personnel Pankaj Tripathi at Maharajganj in Uttar Pradesh who lost his life in the Pulwama terror attack on Thursday.

9.30 am: All political programs of BJP President Amit Shah have been cancelled for today.

9.26 am:"It shows change in tactics of terrorists. IED has been used after a long time, IEDs were used in the past, in 2001-2002 when I was there, this was a normal practice of terrorists, then they resorted to firing from distance," says former Army Chief Bikram Singh. He adds, "But this thing where a local boy who has been radicalised, he has undertaken a 'fidayeen' action on a moving convoy, shows the emboldened instance of local terrorists, also the fact that radicalisation levels have gone up."

9.24 am: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, NSA Ajit Doval & Finance Minister Arun Jaitley have arrived at 7, LKM for the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security.

9.16 am: All political programmes of BJP leaders, including PM and party chief, for Friday cancelled in wake of Pulwama Terror attack, say BJP sources.

9.16 am: CRPF Personnel Ratan Thakur's father in Bihar's Bhagalpur says, "I have sacrificed a son in Mother India's service, I will send my other son as well to fight, ready to give him up for Mother India, but Pakistan must be given a befitting reply."

9.10 am: Latest visuals from the site of Pulwama Terror Attack in Jammu and Kashmir.

8.55 am: Locals hold a protest against Pakistan and terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar in Varanasi.

8.50 am: J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik to ANI on Pakistan denying involvement in Pulwama Terror Attack: Pakistan is talking nonsense. The terrorists are holding open rallies in Pakistan, saying we will do something and openly threatening India.

8.45 am: Family and relatives of CRPF personnel Ramesh Yadav who lost his life in the terror attack on Thursday, mourns his death in Varanasi.

8.30 am: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has returned from Sweden. She will attend the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security at 9:15 am.

8.22 am: Latest Visuals from the site of Pulwama Terror Attack in Jammu and Kashmir where 42 CRPF soldiers lost their lives on Thursday.

7.30 am: Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe condemns Pulwama terror attack, says, “I strongly condemn the brutal terrorist attack in Kashmir’s Pulawama district, the worst-ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir since 1989. I express my condolences to @narendramodi and the families of police officers who lost their lives.”

7.15 am: Mobile internet services have been suspended in Jammu.

7 am: "We strongly condemn today's attack in J&K's Pulwama. We express our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives & to the people & Govt of India. We wish a speedy recovery to injured & call for those behind the attack to be brought to justice," the United Nations said on Thursday.

6.42 am: At this sad moment, we stand by the people and govt of India. We offer was condolences to the members of the families who lost their dear ones. Our thoughts and prayers are speedy recovery of those who got injured. Bangladesh remains steadfast in its commitment against terrorism of all forms&maintains a zero-tolerance policy against any kind of terrorist activities. We would continue to work & cooperate with international community including India to eradicate the menace of terrorism, says Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reaches Srinagar.

Latest TV reports suggest that Kartarpur talks scheduled between India and Pakistan could be suspended. 

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First Published : 15 Feb 2019, 07:29:20 AM