Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah rushed to the airport to pay homage to the five CRPF soldiers killed in Wednesday's terror attacks after protests by the Opposition over the absence of government officials from the funeral ceremony of the martyrs. CRPF soldiers were upset after the Jammu and Kashmir ministers failed to attend a homage paid to the five soldiers who died in the terror attack in Bemina. Neither Chief Minister Omar Abdullah nor any of his ministers were present at the funeral.
The BJP and Panther party leaders held a protest outside the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly demanding answers from the Chief Minister on why no government official was present.
The CRPF and police officers bid a tearful adieu to their colleagues who were killed in the terror attack on a security forces camp in Bemina area of Srinagar. Director General of CRPF Pranay Sahay and DGP of Jammu and Kashmir Police Ashok Prasad led the officers and jawans of the two forces in paying floral tributes to the five CRPF personnel who were killed in the firing on Wednesday.
Those killed in the militant attack are Assistant Sub-Inspector A B Singh, constables Om Prakash, L Parmol, Subhash and Satish Shah. Meanwhile, IG CRPF, Kashmir, V S Yadav dismissed suggestions that the CRPF men were unarmed when the attack took place. "We have a standard operating procedure and that was followed. One-third of the jawans of the concerned (CRPF) company were armed, one third were carrying the riot gear and one-third had lathis," Yadav said.
Minister of State for Home Affairs RPN Singh will receive the bodies of the CRPF soldiers in Delhi.
(With additional information from PTI)