We Stand United With Govt, Soldiers: Assam Congress On Pulwama Terror Attack

Guwahati, February 15, 2019

Mourning the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 soldiers were killed, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on February 15th, 2019 said that he and his Congress party would support the government and would “not get into any other discussion for the next couple of days”.  “I will support the government and jawans in this difficult time,” said Gandhi in New Delhi.

In one of the worst terror attacks, a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into the bus carrying CRPF personnel on February 14th, 2019. Nearly 40 CRPF personnel were killed and many others injured. The vehicle used by the terrorists was a Mahindra Scorpio carrying more than 350 kg of explosives.

“Our heartfelt condolences to the jawans and their families. We will do whatever is necessary to keep this country united in support of anti-terrorism measures,” said former Indian Prime Minister as well as Rajya Sabha MP from Assam Dr Manmohan Singh.

Condemnation and sympathy poured in from around the world who lost their lives in the terror attack.  Maneshwar Basumatary, who was a native of Kolbari village of Tamulpur in Baksa district of Assam,  attained martyrdom when terrorist attacked a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14th, 2019. A pall of gloom has descended in the entire region. Basumatary is survived by his wife and two children.

Former three-time Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi shared that he is “deeply anguished” by the terrorist attack. “Deeply anguished by the terrorist attack that claimed several lives of our CRPF jawans in #Pulwama, J&K. We strongly condemn such cowardly act and stand with the Martyrs. My thoughts and prayers are with their friends and families in this time of grief,” he tweeted.

Senior Congress leader and former power minister Pradyut Bordoloi offered his condolences to the families of the brave martyrs. “There are no words to describe the cowardly attack on a #CRPF convoy in Awantipora, J&K. We must think much deeper into the cause of such hate. My condolences to the families of our brave martyrs. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured,” tweeted Bordoloi.

Assam Congress MP  and Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Ripun Bora condemned the cowardly attack. “Shocked and outraged at the dastardly attack on #CRPF Jawans by terrorists in #Pulwama. This cowardly attack deserves strongest condemnation & united response by a nation in grief,” he tweeted.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Assam Legislative Assembly, Debabrata Saikia also condemned on the security forces in the “strongest possible terms”. “My prayers and condolences to the families of our brave martyrs,” he said.

Biggest terror attack

It may be mentioned that the Pulwama terror attack is considered to be one of the biggest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir since the Uri Army camp strike on September 18th, 2016. Car bomb usually happens in Syria and Afghanistan. It had not taken place in Kashmir over the past two decades. The Home Ministry termed the Pulwama terror attack as a “possible suicide attack”.

The Indian Air Force has sent its C-17 aircraft to Srinagar from the Hindon Air Base. The aircraft will be carrying the mortal remains of CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama terror attack.