The killing of eight CRPF troopers is shameful as it happened during the holy month of Ramadan, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Sunday.
Speaking at the wreath laying ceremony of the troopers killed on Saturday near Pampore town, she said: “I condemn the attack. I feel ashamed as a Muslim that such an incident happened during Ramadan that is observed for piety and penance.”
The attack was triggered by two suicide militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba group who were also killed in the incident. “Allah has ordered that we should stay away from all bad and sinful acts during Ramadan. Such an act only defames Kashmir. “All the big countries across the world had been advising their citizens not to visit Kashmir, but they have now relaxed their travel advisories,” she said.
Mehbooba Mufti said such acts deprive mothers of their sons, sisters of their brothers and families of their livelihood. “Such acts help retard the pace of peace and development at which Jammu and Kashmir is presently moving. “The killing of people who were doing their duty brings a bad name to Kashmir and those who indulge in such acts are not doing any service to Islam,” she said.
The dead men include Sub-Inspectors Jaichandran and Sanjay Kumar, Head Constables Bir Singh and Jagtar Singh and Constables Santosh Sahu, Satish Chand, Kailash and Rajesh. As many as 22 CRPF troopers injured in the attack are being treated at an army hospital in Srinagar.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti visited CRPF Centre at Humhama, on the outskirts of Srinagar, to pay homage to the slain CRPF personnel. She laid ceremonial floral wreath on the mortal remains of the CRPF personnel killed in the attack.
Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh, Minister for Health and Medical Education, Bali Baghat, Minister for Forests, Choudhary Lal Singh, Minister for Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Abdul Ghani Kohli, Minister of State for Tourism and Education, Priya Sethi, Legislator, Choudhary Sukhnandan Kumar, Chief Secretary, B R Sharma and Director General of Police, K Rajendra Kumar also laid the wreath at the mortal remains of the slain CRPF personnel.
Chief Minister expressed solidarity with the Special Director General CRPF, who was present at the wreath-laying ceremony. She also expressed solidarity with the families of the deceased CRPF personnel and prayed for peace to the departed souls. “My heart goes out to the families of the CRPF men killed in the gruesome attack,” she said.
The Chief Minister said such attacks are desperate attempts by the militants to derail the peace and reconciliation process started by the state government. She urged people to isolate the perpetrators of violence as they have brought immense miseries to the people.
IG Police Kashmir, Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gillani, IG CRPF, DIG Police Central Kashmir Range, Ghulam Hassan Bhat, Deputy Commissioner Budgam, Mir Altaf Hussain, SSP Budgam Fayaz Ahmad Lone and other senior officers of the civil and police administration were present.
Pertinently, eight CRPF men and two suspected militants were killed while 20 CRPF personnel were wounded in Pampore attack that took place at around05:00 PM on Saturday evening.