India Celebrates Holi Sans CRPF Jawans


New Delhi: As India celebrates Holi, nearly three lakh jawans of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), will not celebrate Holi as they mourn the deaths of 12 of their colleagues and friends who lost their lives in a Maoist attack in Bhejji, the naxal infested Bastar region on Saturday.

A letter of the force administration to all its CRPF formations read, “In view of the tragic incident at Sukma which claimed the lives of 12 precious jawans, the competent authority has desired that no regimental function related to holi will be observed at the battalion, company or any other formation.”

The Maoist armed to the teeth with bows and arrows launched attack on 112 personnel of 219th Battalion of the CRPF who patrolling the under construction road. A source from the CRPF was quoted as, “This is one of the greatest tragedies. This is an important festival in India but we cannot play Holi even as the blood of our brave soldiers have been split. The authority’s decision should be respected.”

Home minister Rajnath Singh too had visited Raipur after the incident and had also vowed not to celebrate Holi in wake of the tragic incident.