Pampore Attack: Compensation To Families Of Slain CRPF Men

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Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday announced a compensation of Rs. 20 lakh each to the families of five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans from the state who lost their lives in the terrorist attack in Pampore, Jammu and Kashmir, on June 25.

The five CRPF personnel are Head Constable Vir Singh from Firozabad, Constable Rajesh Kumar from Allahabad, Constable K.K. Yadav from Unnao, Sub-Inspector Sanjay Kumar Singh from Jaunpur and Constable Satish Chand from Meerut.

As many as eight CRPF personnel were martyred and 24 others injured in a major ambush by two terrorists who were neutralised in the encounter at Pampore. Arms and ammunition including 2 AK 47 Rifles, 11 hand grenades were also recovered from the killed terrorists.

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After Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba claimed responsibility for the attack, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the Centre would be sending a two-member committee to find out the loopholes which led to the untoward incident.

Meanwhile, Singh chaired a high-level meeting in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) earlier today which was attended by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief Rajinder Khanna, Intelligence Bureau chief Dineshwar Sharma and other senior officials.

According to sources, the meeting focused on the Pampore incident. The Pampore attack was the fourth one on the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir this month. At least 17 security personnel were killed and several others injured in the last three major strikes along the Jammu-Srinagar Highway during the period.

Officials say infiltration has dramatically gone up compared to the previous year with more than 50 terrorists crossing the border in the last five months. Last year, there was zero infiltration in the first four months.