Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday announced a financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of CRPF jawans killed in Thursday's terrorist attack at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir.
Condemning the attack, Naidu said that the entire nation is grieving the loss of the brave CRPF troopers. "In their saddest hour, we stand by the bereaved families. Expressing our deepest sympathies, we extend ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each, to the families of the martyrs," said Naidu, who is also the president of Telugu Desam Party (TDP).
At a meeting of the TDP politburo, a two-minute silence was observed in remembrance of the CRPF jawans who lost their lives.
"All the condolences and words of solace are not enough to compensate for the irreplaceable loss and immeasurable pain caused by Pulwama attack," said Naidu.
As many as 49 CRPF troopers lost their lives when a terrorist rammed explosive-laden vehicle in the soldiers' convoy at Pulwama near Srinagar.
A pall of gloom combined with anger and patriotic fervour was witnessed across the country on Saturday as the tricolour-bedecked mortal remains of the CRPF troopers, killed in the Pulwama attack, reached their homes and last rites conducted with full state honours.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressed an all-party meeting that passed a resolution condemning Pakistan's support to terrorism and stating that all parties along with the countrymen stood with the families of slain CRPF troopers.
The Ministry of Home Affairs also issued an advisory to states in the wake of isolated reports coming from some parts of the country that students and residents from Jammu and Kashmir were facing the heat after the Pulwama terror attack.
"There have been some reports of students and other residents of Jammu and Kashmir experiencing threats and intimidation in the light of the Pulwama attack. Therefore, the MHA has issued an advisory to all states and Union Territories to take necessary measures to ensure their safety and security," the advisory said.