Around 3.15 pm on February 14 in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, a Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist drove his SUV rigged with 350 kilos of explosives towards a convoy of over 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, who were returning from leave. The SUV rammed into one of the buses killing 44 of the jawans.
The terrorist had the cover of other JeM members who opened fire on the CRPF men in three other buses to stop them from coming to the help of their fellow troopers.
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The Srinagar-Jammu highway is the most heavily guarded highway in the entire country and it’s a known fact that Pulwama is an insurgency hotbed. How did the terrorist, identified as Adil Ahmad Dar, who lived just 10 km from the spot get access to about 350 kg of explosives right under the nose of J&K police and military? And later, how could he carry out what turned out to be the worst-ever terror attack on security forces in the state?