Pulwama attack: CRPF not to celebrate Holi

GURGAON: The CRPF will not officially celebrate Holi this year as a mark of respect to its 40 jawans killed last month in a suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir, where the force eliminated 210 terrorists in 2018, the force’s chief said on Tuesday.

During an event to the mark 80th raising day of the force at its group centre here, CRPF Director General (DG) R R Bhatnagar also said the influence of left-wing extremists or Naxals has reduced by 40 per cent and only a few areas in the country are now affected.

Paying tributes to the slain personnel, the DG said the force is creating a ‘mobile app’ in order to provide help to the families of jawans killed in action.

He added there will be no “official celebrations” in the force during the Holi festival on March 21 as a mark of respect to the 40 troops killed in the suicide attack in Pulwama on February 14.

“In Jammu and Kashmir, tackling terrorism is a challenge. The force has neutralised 210 terrorists in operations last year in the Kashmir valley,” the DG said. (AGENCIES)