Srinagar/New Delhi: Central Reserve Police Force has ordered a full Court of Inquiry (CoI) by the force headquarters in Delhi.
A Jaish suicide bomber Thursday rammed a vehicle carrying about 100-kgs of explosives into a bus carrying CRPF personnel in Pulwama district.
“A total of 44 personnel have been killed in Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir. Five troops are injured,” a senior official said.
Amongst the killed is a personnel of the CRPF road opening party (ROP) who was tasked to sanitise the highway route for convoy movement, the official said.
In the wake of the incident, the CRPF has issued a ‘high vigil’ alert to all its formations in the Kashmir Valley and other places in the state and has asked its units to be in “full preparedness.”
A Court of Inquiry (CoI) has been ordered into the incident, the official said.
The force also posted a message on its official Twitter handle saying: “We will not forget, we will not forgive.”
The forces’ headquarter in Delhi also issued a list of 36 killed personnel who have been “identified” till now.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Director General R R Bhatnagar and senior officials of the force have left for Kashmir as part of a team led by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to assess the situation.
They are also expected to meet the injured who are admitted to the 92 base hospital of the Army in Srinagar, they said. (With inputs from PTI)