By Law Kumar Mishra*
The deadliest-ever attack on the security forces in Kashmir martyred 42 jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on National Highway (NH) 44 (Jammu-Srinagar) near Awantipura, 20 kms from Srinagar on Thursday noon. Unprecedented, it was the act of a coward newly recruited militant from an adjoining village on the convoy of the CRPF.
Two dangerous trends from the attack. For the first time,a car (Scorpio) bomb was used by a human bomb, who drove the vehicle and rammed into the CRPF bus. It is suspected 350 kgs of RDX were stored in the Scorpio.
Secondly, for the first time, a home-made fidayeen (suicide bomber) acted as executor. Again,for the first time, the car bomb used on the NH as till now,army or security forces convoy had been attacked by grenades or destruction caused due to improvised explosive device (IED) explosions. The youth who is suspected to have acted as suicide bomber was recruited by the militant outfit-Jaish-e-Mohammad (JEM) last year.
The first fidayeen attack in Kashmir valley took place on November 3,
On August 13, 2000, a 250 kgs RDX loaded stolen Ambassador car was blown by militants through remote from Jhelum embankment. Fifteen police officers were killed when the car became air borne o a height of 80 feet near State Bank of India headquarters. One of the seriously wounded IPS officers is now in Bihar
Home Minister Rajnath Singh summoned K Vijay Kumar, advisor to the Governor, and has been rushed to Pulwama
It appears, the standard road opening parties did not
Intelligence had sent reports ten days back apprehending fidayeen attacks and recruitments of locals by JEM. It appears the reports were not taken seriously. Negligence and lapses?
*Veteran journalist, who has worked as “The Times of India” correspondent in Srinagar. Source: Author’s Facebook