In pics: PM Modi, opposition leaders pay homage to slain CRPF troopers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday paid homage to 40 CRPF troopers killed in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday and laid wreaths on their mortal remains.

The bodies of 40 troopers were air-transported in a special plane from Srinagar to Palam airbase in Delhi on Friday evening. Modi circumambulated the mortal remains after paying tribute.

Those present at the wreath-laying ceremony included Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, among others.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi laying wreath on the mortal remains of the martyred CRPF Jawans, at Palam airport, in New Delhi on February 15, 2019.
New Delhi: Mortal remains of CRPF jawans, who lost their lives in Thursday’s Pulwama terror attack, during a tribute paying ceremony at AFS Palam in New Delhi, Friday, Feb 15, 2019.
New Delhi: Security personnel carry the mortal remains of the martyred CRPF jawans, who lost their lives in Pulwama terror attack, on their arrival at AFS Palam in New Delhi, Friday,
New Delhi: Security personnel office carry the mortal remains of the martyred CRPF jawans, who lost their lives in Pulwama terror attack, on their arrival at AFS Palam in New Delhi, Friday, Feb 15, 2019.
New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh,Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Sports Minsiter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and IAF chief Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa pay tribute to martyred CRPF jawans, who lost their lives in Pulwama terror attack, after their mortal remains were brought at AFS Palam in New Delhi, Friday, Feb 15, 2019.
New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi pays tribute to martyred CRPF jawans, who lost their lives in Pulwama terror attack, after their mortal remains were brought at AFS Palam in New Delhi, Friday, Feb 15, 2019.
New Delhi: Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat pays tribute to the martyred CRPF jawans, who lost their lives in Thursday’s Pulwama terror attack, after their mortal remains were brought at AFS Palam in New Delhi, Friday, Feb 15, 2019.
New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman pays tribute to martyred CRPF jawans, who lost their lives in Thursday’s Pulwama terror attack, after their mortal remains were brought at AFS Palam in New Delhi, Friday, Feb 15, 2019.

The chiefs of the armed forces — Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, Chief of the Naval Staff Sunil Lanba and Army chief General Bipin Rawat — also paid homage along with senior CRPF officers. 

In the worst-ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir since militancy erupted in 1989, a suicide bomber on Thursday rammed his SUV packed with explosives into a CRPF bus on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Pulwama district, killing at least 49 troopers and leaving the security established stunned.