Family of CRPF jawan Vasanthakumar says they are proud of him
“We are proud to say that my brother Vasanthakumar has laid down his life for the motherland. We all are proud of him.”
These were the words of Sajeevan, brother of Vasanthakumar VV, who was one among the 42 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel from killed in a terrorist attack in Pulwama, Kashmir, on Thursday.
Vasanthakumar is from Kerala’s northern district Wayanad.
“By yesterday evening itself, we were hearing rumours of the attack and causalties through social media. By today early morning we got an official confirmation from New Delhi,” Sajeevan added.
After a week’s holiday at home, Vasanthakumar had returned only on January 9. He was in Punjab and had got a promotional transfer to Srinagar. What we have learnt is that the attack has happened when he was on the way to Srinagar to join duty,” Sajeevan said.
Vasanthakumar was serving with the CRPF for the last 18 years and according to Sajeevan, he had plans to quit the service in another two years.
He belonged to the 82nd Battalion of CRPF.
The family is expecting Vasanthakumar’s mortal remains by today evening.
“The body will arrive in Karipur airport in Kozhikode and then will brought by road to Wayanad,” Sajeevan added.
Vasanthakumar is the son of late Vasudevan and Santha. He is survived by wife Sheena and two school-going children.
“Sheena is disturbed a lot. She is in a bad shape after hearing the tragedy,” Sajeevan added.
While Kerala Cheif Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed his conolences to Vasanthakumar’s family, the Wayand District Collector said that Vasanthakumar’s mortal remains will be received at the airport with full state honours.
93% Increase In J&K Terror Incidents
Meanwhile, a statement placed in the Lok Sabha on 05 February reveals that there is an increase of 93% in the number of security forces personnel killed in Jammu and Kashmir between 2014 and 2018.
In reply to a question raised by Chandra Prakash Joshi in the Lok Sabha, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs, said that in 2014, there were 222 terror incidents and 47 security personnel were killed.
Meanwhile, in 2014, there were 614 terror incidents in Jammu and Kashmir which claimed 91 security personnel lives.
In 2015, while there were 208 terror incidents claiming 39 security personnel lives, in 2016, the number of terror incidents jumped to 322, claiming 82 security personnel lives.
And in 2017, the number of terror incidents again rose to 342 and 80 security personnel lost their lives.
In a separate statement in the Lok Sabha, the Home Ministry said that 12 Indian Army soldiers were killed on the India-Pakistan border (LOC) due to terrorist attacks in 2018 and in 2017, the number was 13.
In January, the government has stated in Parliament that there are around 300 terrorists active in Jammu and Kashmir and that they were helped by some locals.
According to the statement, in 2018, 253 terrorists were killed and 17 were arrested.