As the nation reels from the horrible terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir that killed more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, political leaders, bureaucrats as well as citizens across the country have come together offer their condolences to the families of the jawans who were killed. The Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Among the soldiers who were killed on Thursday after an SUV carrying explosives rammed into their convoy, was 42-year-old VV Vasanthakumar, a native of Wayanad district in Kerala. A soldier, who had served in the Punjab regiment for 18 years, Vasanthakumar had just moved to Srinagar in February as a member of the 82nd Battalion.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan took to Facebook on Thursday night to express his grief. “We strongly condemn the terror attack against a CRPF convoy in Pulwama, Kashmir. We join in mourning with the families of those soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty. Union Government must take necessary steps to ensure peace in Kashmir,” the Chief Minister said.
Former Kerala CM and senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy too took to Facebook saying that the terror attack on the CRPF soldiers has shocked the conscience of the country. “Condolences to all the soldiers who attained martyrdom in Pulwama. I take part along with the rest of the country in this grief,” he said.
Also offering their condolences were Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac and Wayanad District Collector Ajaykumar IAS.
After offering his condolences to all the soldiers who died on Thursday, Thomas Isaac also went on to express his grief about the death of Vasanthkumar. “I take part with his family in sharing the grief,” he added.
“Condolences on the Martyrdom of Vasanthkumar VV, Constable, 82 Batallion, CRPF who sacrificed his life at Pulwama,” said Wayanad district collector Ajaykumar IAS in his Facebook post. He added that the mortal remains of Vasanthkumar will be received at the Airport with full state honours and that the cremation will be held as per the choice of bereaved family. “Saluting all the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our nation,” he said.