No Holi celebration this year for Rajnath Singh, CRPF to pay respect to Pulwama Jawans

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he will not celebrate the festival of Holi this year in the wake of Pulwama terrorist attack. Along with Rajnath   CRPF will not officially celebrate Holi this year as a mark of respect to its 40 jawans killed last month in a suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir, the force’s chief said Tuesday.

Force’s chief added, there will be no “official celebrations” in the force during the Holi festival on March 21 as a mark of respect to the 40 troops killed in the suicide attack in Pulwama on February 14.

“In Jammu and Kashmir, tackling terrorism is a challenge. The force has neutralised 210 terrorists in operations last year in the Kashmir valley,” the DG said.

The CRPF and security forces have contained the influence of Maoists to a large extent and their effective area is now 60 per cent of the total they used to hold, the CRPF chief said. “The Naxal problem is now restricted to only few areas, especially Chhattisgarh,” he said.

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