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Lethpora attack fallout: Civilian vehicles to halt when convoy moves on highway: Rajnath

Lethpora attack fallout: Civilian vehicles to halt when convoy moves on highway: Rajnath
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Srinagar: Civilian traffic will be restricted on highways and major roads in Jammu and Kashmir during the movement of convoys of army and security forces, Home Ministry Rajnath Singh announced on Friday, a day after 49 CRPF jawans were killed in an audacious suicide attack.
In a veiled reference to separatists and hardline Hurriyat Conference leaders, Singh also said the security given to people getting funds from Pakistan and its snooping agency ISI should be reviewed.
“Civilian traffic movement will be restricted for some time during movement of army and security forces convoys. This may cause inconvenience and I apologise for this but this is necessary for safety of jawans,” he told reporters after a high-level security review meeting here.
The Home Minister is on a visit to Jammu and Kashmir following the worst terror attack on security forces in the state in the past three decades.
“Some elements in Jammu and Kashmir have links with the ISI and terrorist organisation. We will win decisive war against terrorism,” he said.
He said he has instructed the state government to ensure communal harmony.
Earlier, Singh helped carry the coffin of a slain CRPF jawan after he laid a wreath on the mortal remains of the troops.
Shortly after arriving from Delhi, the home minister attended a solemn function here where the remains of 40 CRPF personnel were kept in coffins, draped with tricolour.
Singh helped carry the coffin of a slain CRPF jawan before it was flown out of Jammu and Kashmir in a special aircraft, an official present at the function said.
The home minister, Governor Satya Pal Malik, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, CRPF Director General R RBhatnagar, Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbagh Singh besides others attended the wreath laying ceremony.
“The nation will not forget the supreme sacrifice of our brave CRPF jawans. I have paid my last respects to the martyrs of Pulwama. The sacrifice will not go in vain,” Singh said.
The dignitaries stood in silence till the coffins were loaded in a truck which went to the Srinagar airport, the official said.
Forty nine CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.
The bus was part of a convoy of 78 vehicles CRPF travelling from Jammu to Srinagar. (PTI)


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