Nation will not forget: PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi pay homage to Pulwama martyrs at Delhi's Palam
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Congress president Rahul Gandhi paid tributes to CRPF soldiers who lost lives in the deadly attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama.
The mortal remains of the martyrs were brought to Delhi's Palam technical area on Friday evening from Jammu where leaders paid homage to the slain soldiers.
Humble tributes to the brave
Congress party president Rahul Gandhi, chief of three armed forces also paid homage to the martyrs.
Home Minister turned pall-bearer
Earlier in the day, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh turned a pall-bearer, while paying tributes to the killed soldiers in Jammu.
Singh, accompanied by a high-level team comprising officials from the CRPF, NIA and Home Ministry, arrived in Jammu Friday afternoon and drove straight to the adjacent CRPF campus where a wreath-laying ceremony was held for the slain jawans.
Martyrs wrapped in Tricolour
Moved as the bugler played the 'last post' and guard called for 'shok salami shastra' (reversing of arms in honour of fallen soldiers), a two-minute silence was observed after which the Union Home Minister gave a shoulder to the coffin of a jawan which was being taken to his native place in a special aircraft.
'Will never forget their supreme sacrifice!'
The home minister, Governor Satya Pal Malik, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, CRPF Director General R R Bhatnagar, Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbagh Singh besides others attended the wreath-laying ceremony.
"The nation will not forget the supreme sacrifice of our brave CRPF jawans. I have paid my last respects to the martyrs of Pulwama. The sacrifice will not go in vain," Singh said.