Rajnath Points Fingers At Pak Over Attack On CRPF Convoy


New Delhi: In the wake of attack on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday clearly accused Pakistan of trying to destabilise India even as he said lapses, if any, in yesterday’s incident would be looked into and status of infiltration ascertained.

A three-member team of Home Ministry officials will visit Kashmir on Tuesday to find out if there were any lapses involved in the attack in Pampore, the deadliest one on security forces in recent years, in which eight CRPF personnel were killed and 21 injured.

The team will look into the possible increase of cross border Infiltration and practices being followed during the movement of paramilitary forces convoy in Jammu and Kashmir.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, while condemning the incident and paying tributes to the deceased eight CRPF personnel, said the people of the state were the “worst sufferers” of such attacks as these deprive them of development and employment.

Observing that such attacks “defame” the state, she highlighted that the strike had been carried out during Ramzan, the holy month when “people should be seeking forgiveness and expiation for past sins” and “making sure not to hurt others.”

After the attack, CRPF has moved about half-a-dozen heavy-armoured mine protected vehicles (MPVs), which were earlier used for anti-Naxal operations, to Kashmir Valley to effectively secure its troops deployed there.

“An attempt is being made by these terrorists and our neighbouring country to destabilise India,” Singh said in a clear reference to Pakistan but without naming it.

“I want to praise the bravery of our security men. I salute their courage. Terrorists attacked them (security men) deceitfully. But our security men killed those two terrorists successfully,” he said addressing a function in Fatehgarh Sahib in Punjab to mark the 300th martyrdom anniversary of legendary Sikh Warrior Baba Banda Singh Bahadur.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, in an apparent reference to Pakistan, said India seeks peace “but from the position of strength and not from the position of weakness”.

He said the attack is a “fallout of frustration” as he cited the records of last one month during which 25-30 terrorists have been gunned down after their infiltration from Pakistani side.

“I am pained that eight jawans were killed. Why, how it happened and whose fault it was, it will be clear after an enquiry,” he said. .