CRPF to avoid Holi celebration this year in the memory of its men lost in Pulwama Attack

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New Delhi: The Central Reserve Police Force (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 Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, where the force eliminated 210 terrorists in 2018, the force’s chief said Tuesday.

During an event to the mark 80th raising day of the force at its group centre in Gurgaon, CRPF Director General (DG) RR Bhatnagar said the influence of left-wing extremists or Naxals has reduced by 40 per cent and only a few areas in the country are now affected.

Paying tributes to the slain personnel, the DG said the force is creating a mobile app in order to provide help to the families of jawans killed in action.

He 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.

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