Jaipur/Chandigarh/Bengaluru: Family members of the CRPF personnel, who lost their lives in Pulwama attack, on Tuesday said they have found some solace in the airstrike against Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists but pressed for efforts to wipe out the menace of terrorism "once and for all".
“We were expecting a strong response to Pakistan from India and this has been done now. Our loss is irreparable but we are satisfied with what has been done,” said Mahesh Gurjar, a cousin of slain CRPF soldier Narayan Lal Gurjar.
Narayan Lal, a native of Binol village of Rajsamand district, is survived by wife and two minor children. He was among the five victims from Rajasthan who lost their lives in the February 14 attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed.
Vikram, younger brother of another victim Jeet Ram, said, "A step has been taken but we want that the menace of terrorism should be ended once and for all.” Hailing from Sundarwali of Bharatpur district, Jeet Ram has two young daughters.
Brother of CRPF jawan Vijay Maurya(who lost his life in #PulwamaTerrorAttack): We are very happy that this(IAF strikes on JeM camp across LoC) happened, but we want pressure on Pakistan be kept up so that no terror org like JeM dares to attack us again pic.twitter.com/XHuLzmUCNy— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 26, 2019
In Shahpura town of Jaipur district, people burst crackers at the cremation site of CRPF soldier Rohitash Lamba, who was bid a tearful adieu by thousands of mourners less than two weeks back.
“There is satisfaction among the people of the country. Government's decision is appreciable as the action was within 13 days of the terror attack,” said Jitendra Lamba, younger brother of Rohitash.
Slain CRPF jawan H Guru's native village Gudigere in Mandya district, about 100 km from here, too burst into jubilation on hearing about the Indian Air Force's early morning attack on the JeM terror camp. Villagers took out a march and a tricolour was unfurled atop his house as a mark of respect.
"We have been insisting on peace but peace is not a solution anymore. They have to be completely destroyed. "My son will rest in peace only if they are wiped out entirely," said Guru's father Honnaiah.
With tears in her eyes, Guru's wife Kalavathi told reporters: "I salute the Indian armed forces. I am happy with this action. I feel that this action will give peace to the martyred soldiers. I am proud of my Indian armed forces."
Father of CRPF jawan Ajay Kumar (who lost his life in #PulwamaAttack) on IAF strike at JeM camp in Balakot, Pakistan: Feeling really good, how long will we continue to sacrifice? This should have happened a long time ago. #Meerut pic.twitter.com/6H3RiRwYw9— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 26, 2019
Darshan Singh, father of CRPF jawan Kulwinder Singh of Rupnagar district in Punjab, said the IAF action "gave solace to the family". He, however, said had this action been taken before the Pulwama attack, the lives of 40 CRPF jawans would have been saved.
Harbhajan Kaur, mother of Pulwama victim Sukhjinder Singh from village Gandiwind from Tarn Taran said, “It has given relief to my heart. It is a suitable revenge by the Indian forces”.
Singh's father Gurmail Singh said, “The attack by the Indian forces is fully justified. It was the need of the hour. The IAF action would encourage youths to join Indian Army to serve the nation”.
The jawan's brother Gurjant Singh said, “The moment I came to know that Indian government has taken revenge for my brother's killing, it gave me great solace".
"I understand my brother Sukhjinder would never come back but at least his killers were given a befitting reply that would also uplift the morale of our forces,” he said.
#WATCH Chhattisgarh: ASI GD Ratnakar,211-BN CRPF on IAF strike at JeM camp in Balakot: Jawans are celebrating,they (Pak) have been given a befitting reply,but souls of 40 jawans isn't at peace yet,their souls will rest in peace only after mastermind of #PulwamaAttack is killed... pic.twitter.com/PkrEZm8ByO— ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019
Satpal Attri, father of Mandeep Singh of Dinanagar in Gurdaspur district, said such strikes should be carried out in future as well if Pakistan does not mend its ways.
Four CRPF personnel from Punjab were among 40 security personnel who died in the Pulwama suicide terror attack by JeM on February 14.
In a swift and precise air strike, India bombed and destroyed Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest training camp in Pakistan early Tuesday, killing over 350 terrorists, trainers and senior commanders, according to officials.