According to a letter written by the Inspector General of Jammu and Kashmir, the Kashmir Police had given intelligence on the possibility of an IED attack on CRPF, BSF, ITBP, SSB, Army and Air Force on February 8.
It is not known whether the CRPF allowed a convoy of 78 vehicles along with 2,547 security forces to go to Srinagar located 270 kilometres away from the Jammu-based transport camp, despite not being warned in the past.
In the worst-ever attack since the beginning of terrorism in the state, 45 CRPF personnel were martyred and several others were injured. On Thursday afternoon a suicide bomber from Jaish-e-Mohammed bumped his vehicle filled with an advanced explosive device (IED) to a bus carrying CRPF jawans.
In the intelligence inputs sent by the Inspector General of Kashmir, the security agencies were asked to go to someplace or check the location properly before deployment, because the possibility of use of IED in intelligence was expressed.
The ‘most urgent’ letter received by IANS is the Deputy Inspector General of South Srinagar, CRPF, DIG of North Srinagar of CRPF, DIG of Baramulla in North Kashmir, CRPF DIG of Avantipora in South Kashmir, CRPF’s DIG of Anantnag in South Kashmir, DIG (Special Campaign) of the Southern Headquarters of the Armed Forces of Kashmir and all senior police superintendents in Kashmir Zone S (SSP) was sent.
This information was given to the Inspector General (IG) of CRPF, IG of Srinagar Sector of CRPF, IG of Kashmir Headquarters of Border Security Force (BSF), Deputy Inspectors General of Police of all the ranks of Kashmir Zone, Brigadier General Staff in 15 Corps located in Srinagar (Operations), DIG of the Indo-Tibet Border Police (ITBP), Commandant and Officer of the Central Air Force, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). The SSP of Armed Police was also given in the control room located in Srinagar.
The letter also wrote that it was addressed to all concerned people.
A suicide bomber from Pakistan’s terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammed, on Thursday, detonated his explosive-laden SUV with a bomb in a CRPF bus on Jammu-Srinagar highway in the Pulwama district, in which 49 people died. The attack took place around 3.15 pm on Thursday afternoon.
Later, Jaish took responsibility for the attack and released a video clip of suicide bomber commander Adil Ahmed Dar. It is claimed that this video is before the attack in Lethpora, 30 kilometres away from here.
In this devastating attack, in which about 200 kilograms of explosives used, the CRPF’s bus became completely crippled and many soldiers blew up the body. The possibility of RDX in the explosive is being expressed.
CRPF officials said that the bus which was targeted by the terrorists was completely destroyed, while other vehicles of the CRPF were partially damaged.
A police officer said, “It is hard to imagine that a person aboard that bus can be saved.”
After being actively supported by Pakistan-backed separatists in 1989, this is the biggest single attack in Jammu and Kashmir. This is the biggest attack since September 18, the terrorist attack in Uri military camp, in which 19 soldiers were killed. After that, Delhi had to be forced to do a surgical strike on Pakistan-based terrorist bases.
Officials said that after the closure of the Srinagar-Jammu highway for the last two days due to bad weather, such a large number of CRPF jawans were going on Thursday.