State Times News Jammu: Thousands of people, including Union minister Jitendra Singh, on Saturday attended the last rites of one of the 40 martyred CRPF personnel in Rajouri district. A pall of gloom descended on Dudasunballa village of the border district as the Tricolour wrapped coffin carrying the mortal remains of the jawan, Head Constable Naseer Ahmad, reached his village for last rites. Naseer Ahmad is survived by his wife Shazia Kousar and two children, Falak and Kashif. Forty CRPF personnel, including Ahmad, were martyred when a suicide bomber struck their explosive-laden vehicle with a convoy in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Thursday. Singh along with senior party colleagues including State President Ravinder Raina, Speaker Dr Nirmal Singh and MLC Vibodh Gupta besides Advisor to Governor, K.K Sharma, IG CRPF Jammu Sector, A.V Chauhan, DIG CRPF Jammu Region, Nitu joined thousands of villagers who assembled here to bid a tearful adieu to the jawan, officials said.
They said senior civil, police, CRPF and Army officers visited the village and paid floral tributes to the martyr.
“Pakistan and the terrorists have committed a grave mistake and they will have to pay a heavy price for it,” Raina said.
Ahmad is survived by his wife and two children.
A senior CRPF officer assured full support to the family of the martyr and said all necessary measures would be taken to take care of his children.
The villagers who attended last rites of Naseer Ahmad demanded stern action against Pakistan.
“Teach Pakistan a befitting lesson, we cannot afford to loose our young officers and jawans every day. It is time to act now. Government of India should give a befitting reply to Pakistan to end this cycle of violence”, villagers demanded.
Siraj-ud-Din, elder brother of Naseer Ahmed, appealed to the Centre to find a permanent solution by giving Pakistan a stern reply in the same language.
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