Three years in the past on this day, Jammu and Kashmir saw one of the most dangerous attacks on security forces leading to the death of 40 CRPF jawans. The martyrdom of the bravehearts didn’t go in vain as the nation avenged it by bombing several terror camps.
On 14th February, 2019, a fleet of 78 vehicles carrying over 2,500 CRPF personnel from Jammu to Srinagar was travelling on NH 44.
At Lethpora which is close to Awantipora, at around 3:15 pm, a bus carrying security personnel was rammed by a car carrying explosives. It caused a blast that killed 40 CRPF personnel of the 76th Battalion on the spot and injured many.
Terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility for the deadly attack. They also put out a video of the assailant Adil Ahmad Dar, a 22-year-old from Kakapora.
After the attack, India reversed Pakistan's most favoured nation status while the customs duty on all Pakistani goods imported to India was raised to 200 pc.
The Indian government urged the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF) to put Pakistan on the blacklist. On February 17, the J&K administration revoked security provisions for separatist leaders.
The Indian Air Force bombarded JeM training camps killing a large number of terrorists, reportedly between 300 to 350.
On 27th February, Pakistan Air Force carried out an airstrike into Jammu and Kashmir in retaliation. Both Pakistan and India agreed that no damage was caused by Pakistan's airstrike.
However, During an ensuing unrest between Indian and Pakistani jets, an Indian MiG-21 was shot down over Pakistan and its pilot Wing Commander Abhinanadan Varthaman was captured. He was released on 1st March.
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