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Excerpts : In the memory of Pulwama's Martyrs

Eleven days earlier, at 9.30 a.m on February2019, the chiefs of the Indian Armed forces and intelligence agencies, top ministers and the National Security Advisor arrived at Delhi's leafy 7, Lok Kalyan Marg compound where the Prime Minister of Indialives and sometimes operates from. It was far from a routine weekly meeting for the Prime Minister to take stock of the national security.
Eighteen hours earlier, 800 kilometres north, in the Lethapora area of Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, a vehicle packed with explosives and driven by a young man named Adil Ahmed Dar, had managed to snake between vehicles of a large comvey of srinagar- bound trucks carrying 2500 troops from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), and rammed it. The explosion killed forty troops, spattering the highway with their blood and body parts. Minutes after the blast, a stream of pictures of the mangled vehicles and sickening carnage taken from mobile phones of locals and first responders flooded soc…

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