Bodies of slain CRPF jawans flown into the national capital

Bodies of slain CRPF jawans flown into the national capital

Police officers paying their respects to paramilitary soldiers, killed in the Dantewada Maoists' attack, after they were brought at the IGI airport, in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

About 200 troops of the force-- headquartered in the national capital-- along with senior officers of the CRPF were present at the Palam Technical airport to receive the bodies, draped in tri-colour, which were brought in an Airforce AN-32 aircraft.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' led the officers and other dignitaries in placing wreaths on the bodies of CRPF men killed in the Maoist attack in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.

Air Vice Marshal R Sitaraman and CRPF Additional Director General (headquarters) J C Dabas laid the wreaths on behalf of the respective organisations.Earlier, the buglers sounded the last post and reversed their weapons in respect of the martyrs.

The bodies will now be sent to neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttrakhand by road.

"The state should use all the options available in its hand to tackle the menace of naxalism. The entire country is together. We are ready to provide the central government whatever help they need from us. The naxals should be tackled with full strength," Nishank said.

Chairman of All-India Anti Terrorist Front M S Bitta who was also present said "if Chidambaram would have been the Home Minister six years ago, this would not have happened. The policy against terrorism is still not strong. To tackle this menace we should adopt the Punjab policy of war against terrorism".Meanwhile, bodies of another 25 CRPF jawans killed in the ambush were brought to Lucknow by a special aircraft.

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