New Delhi, Feb 15: Indian sports fraternity expressed its anguish and shook over the cowardly terror attack on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district that resulted in the death of 40 jawans.
Cricketers and other sportspersons condemned the brutal terror attack carried by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and many injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks when a JeM suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.
While some prayed for the departed souls and stood with bereaved families in their moment of loss, many called for bringing the perpetrators to book.
From cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar to current India women's captain Mithali Raj, to Olympic-medallist Yogeshwar Dutt, athletes offered their condolences to the families of the slain jawans.
Meanwhile, players of Vidarbha and Rest of India sported black armbands during the Irani Cup match on Friday (February 15) to show their respect to the martyred soldiers. CRPF too took to Twitter and vowed to avenge the loss of the brave hearts.
Here's who said and what:
Cowardly, dastardly, meaningless...... my heart goes out to the families of those who lost their loved ones and prayers for recovery of those brave hearts in hospital. Salute to your commitment to “Service and Loyalty” @crpfindia!— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 15, 2019
I'm shocked after hearing about the attack in Pulwama, heartfelt condolences to the martyred soldiers & prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured jawaans.— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 15, 2019
As the news continues to pour in on the attack in #Pulwama yesterday, my heart goes out to the martyrs, their families, the grieving, in these days of bereavement. Deeply disturbed.— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) February 15, 2019
Prayers to the Jawans who lost their lives and those who injured yesterday in the terrorist attack.#phulwamaattack— Vijay Shankar (@vijayshankar260) February 15, 2019
Really pained by the cowardly attack on our CRPF in J&K in which our brave men have been martyred . No words are enough to describe the pain. I wish a speedy recovery to those injured.#SudharJaaoWarnaSudhaarDenge— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 14, 2019
Sad and pained to hear about the dastardly attack on our brave CRPF men in #Pulwama in which many of our jawans have been martyred . I pray for a quick and speedy recovery of those injured in the attack.— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 14, 2019
Yes, let’s talk with the separatists. Yes, let’s talk with Pakistan. But this time conversation can’t be on the table, it has to be in a battle ground. Enough is enough. 18 CRPF personnel killed in IED blast on Srinagar-Jammu highway https://t.co/aa0t0idiHY via @economictimes— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) February 14, 2019
वो मरे नही शहीद हुए है plz don't use that word 🇮🇳 #PulwamaAttack— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) February 15, 2019
अब इस ओर सख्त कदम उठाने का समय आ गया है। भारत देश का जो व्यक्ति आतंकवादी का पक्ष ले उसे भी गोली मार दो,अब बस यही एक रास्ता है। हिंसा का अंत बस हिंसा से ही हो सकता है।मेरे सभी शहीद वीर जवानों को भावभीनी श्रद्धांजलि 🙏🙏जय हिन्द, जय भारत 🇮🇳🇮🇳 @PMOIndia @narendramodi #PulwamaAttack— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) February 14, 2019
Going through a range of emotions with regard to what's happened in Pulwama. Keeping all those aside for the moment and praying that the families of the soldiers find the courage to cope with a loss that should never have been.— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) February 15, 2019
Shocked to hear the news of the #KashmirTerrorAttack .. my sincere condolences to the families and friends of the martyred CRPF jawans 🙏 😔😔— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) February 14, 2019
My heart goes out for our Jawans who lost their lives as martyrs to save our country! condolences to all the families who today lost a son, husband, father or brother.. as a nation we cry.. as a nation we unite! #pulwamaattack— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 14, 2019
Disturbed by the incident in #Pulwama. My thoughts are with the families and friends of our brave CRPF jawans, who laid down their lives for the country. Let’s all do our bit to help the families during their dark hours and remember the soldiers in our prayers.— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) February 15, 2019
Deeply saddened to hear the news of #PhulwamaTerrorAttack. My condolences & prayers to the families of #CRPFJawans, who sacrificed their lives for the country. Praying for the speedy recovery of those injured.— Jhulan Goswami (@JhulanG10) February 15, 2019
The nation owes you. #RIPBraveHearts
The news of terrible & cowardly attack in #Pulwama has left me extremely saddened; My heart goes out to the families of martyrs, may their soul rest in peace.— Rishabh Pant (@RishabPant777) February 14, 2019
Bada dukh ho raha hai ki humare 40 soldier kal shaeed ho gaye. Sabse yehi request karta hoon ki unke liye prayers karengey and family ki strength ke liye dua karein. Aur poora yakeen hai ki humari fauj humare bhaiyon ki shaheedi ka badla lengi. 🙏🏼🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/w4ORymnnoJ— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) February 15, 2019
R Vinay Kumar:
It’s very sad to know about yesterday’s #PulwamaAttack My heart felt condolences to families of our brave soldiers.. It’s high time to stop this cowardly act.. Need to stop terrorism, can’t digest this news.. people doing such act should know, they are digging their own graves..— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) February 15, 2019