We are Indians, caste and religion doesn’t exist for us, says CRPF officer

“We in CRPF identify ourselves as Indians… Caste and religion do not exist,” the world’s largest paramilitary force said through its chief spokesman’s Twitter handle.

Peeved at a media news report that gave the caste break-up of the 40 personnel killed in the Pulwama attack, CRPF’s chief spokesman and Deputy Inspector General (DIG) M Dhinakaran tweeted, “We in CRPF identify ourself as Indians. Not more, not less. This pathetic divisiveness of caste, colour, and religion doesn’t exist in our blood.”

He also said that such reports “should strictly refrain from insulting all the martyrs as they are not statistics for your demeaning and meaningless write-up”.

The force had earlier issued advisories cautioning people against “fake pictures” being circulated online of body parts of the slain men and bogus messages being shared in the backdrop of harassment of Kashmiri students in various places in the country after the terror attack. 

The over 3 lakh personnel force is the country’s lead force for internal security duties.

Forty CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on February 14 in one of the deadliest terror strikes in Jammu and Kashmir when a suicide bomber blew up an explosive-laden vehicle near their bus in Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir. 

The bus was part of a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel from Jammu to Srinagar.

The Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the attack.

In the aftermath of the attack, India already withdrew the status of Most Favourable Nation (MNF) to Pakistan.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said that the government has decided to stop India’s share of water which used to flow to Pakistan. Gadkari said in a tweet that water from Eastern rivers will be diverted to Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.

“The construction of the dam has started at Shahpur- Kandi on Ravi river. Moreover, UJH project will store our share of water for use in J&K and the balance water will flow from 2nd Ravi-BEAS Link to provide water to other basin states,” he said in another tweet.

Expressing grave concern, international terror financing watchdog FATF Friday condemned the Pulwama terror attack and said Pakistan has failed to demonstrate a proper understanding on funding of terrorist groups such as Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba.

In a statement, the Paris-headquartered Financial Action Task Force (FATF) said Pakistan should continue to work on implementing its action plan to address its strategic deficiencies, including by adequately demonstrating its proper understanding of the terror financing risks posed by the terrorist groups and conducting supervision on a risk-sensitive basis.

“The FATF notes with grave concern and condemns the violent terrorist attack last week that killed at least 40 Indian security forces in Pulwama in the State of Jammu and Kashmir,” it said after the week-long FATF plenary held in Paris.

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