People in the area continue to live in fear
Pulwama: Lethpora area where 49 CRPF men were killed Thursday afternoon in a suicide car bomb, remained shut for the third consecutive day on Saturday as people stayed indoors, in fear.
The government forces kept swarming the place for the third straight day, while the Director General (DG) of CRPF, RR Bhatnagar, visited the blast site and took stock of the situation.
Bhatnagar, while talking to media persons at the spot, said that investigations were going on.
“Further details will be shared with people as and when something concrete is ascertained,” Bhatnagar said.
Earlier, on Friday, several teams including of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) visited the spot and took samples from the wreckage of the vehicles there.
The spot, for the third day, remained under strict vigil of the government forces and no one, including the media, was allowed to venture anywhere near the site.
One tube of the NH-44 remained restricted for vehicular movement for several kilometers on both sides of the site of the blast.
The people in the area, meanwhile, continue to live in fear and no residents were seen venturing out of their houses.
Sources in the area told Kashmir Reader that many people in the vicinity are leaving their houses at dusk and returning in the morning.
“We do not want anything untoward to happen to our families in the dead of night. There is heavy presence of government forces in the area and we fear for the well being of our loved ones,” a resident said, on condition of anonymity.
Traffic on the NH-44 has remained very thin since the blast on Thursday as even local transporters remain fearful of moving on the road.
“I have not made any trips to Srinagar since the blast. My family is not allowing me to. They fear for my safety,” a Tavera driver from Anantnag told Kashmir Reader.