Country stands by its brave jawans: West Bengal CM

Vastavam web: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday led a candlelight march to protest the Pulwama attack and said the country stands by its brave jawans. The march was held from Hazra crossing in south Kolkata to Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in the Mayo Road area. In one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, at least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and many injured on Thursday when a Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district. “The country stands united. We are one and we unitedly stand by our brave jawans. Terrorists are terrorists. They have no religion, no caste,” Banerjee said after the march in which she and various other TMC leaders were seen carrying candles.

People walked silently along with TMC activists who carried national flags and posters with the names of all the 40 CRPF personnel killed in the attack. After the procession reached Gandhi’s statue, Banerjee paid homage to the bravehearts. A minute’s silence was also observed. The CPI(M)-led Left Front also organised a march from Lenin statue in Esplanade area to Minto Park in south Kolkata, condemning the terror attack.