On February 14, 2019, in what is known as the worst-ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir since militancy erupted in 1989, a suicide bomber rammed his SUV packed with explosives into a CRPF bus on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Pulwama district, killing at least 40 CRPF jawans and leaving the nation stunned. Sportspersons across different sports came forward and offered their condolences to the martyrs of Pulwama attack and support to their families.
Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag offered to bear the educational expenses of children of all the CRPF personnel martyred in the dastardly terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama. "Nothing we can do will be enough, but the least I can do is offer to take complete care of the education of the children of our brave CRPF jawans martyred in #Pulwama in my Sehwag International School @SehwagSchool , Jhajjar. Saubhagya hoga," Sehwag wrote on his Twitter handle.
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli was shaken after the attacks. He wrote on Twitter, "I'm shocked after hearing about the attack in Pulwama, heartfelt condolences to the martyred soldiers & prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured jawaans."
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan took to Twitter after the Pulwama attacks and wrote, "Deeply saddened and disturbed by the news. I condemn the terror attack in #Pulwama. My condolences to the families of the jawans who sacrificed their lives."
Indian boxer Vijender Singh asked on Twiiter, "Till how long will we just condole the attacks?"
India's spin king Harbhajan Singh tweeted, "My heart goes out for our Jawans who lost their lives as martyrs to save our country! condolences to all the families who today lost a son, husband, father or brother.. as a nation we cry.. as a nation we unite! #pulwamaattack"
Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who is very vocal when it comes to national issues, tweeted, "Yes, let’s talk with the separatists. Yes, let’s talk with Pakistan. But this time conversation can’t be on the table, it has to be in a battleground. Enough is enough. 18 CRPF personnel killed in IED blast on Srinagar-Jammu highway"
Legend of Indian women's cricket, Mithali Raj tweeted, "A day of mourning for India, for humanity. Pained. Who wants this? Who endorses this! Let's ask the right questions & give answers that offer solutions not accusations to stop this mindless killing of people. Let us stop blaming. Let us live. In peace. Let's value life!"
Wrestler Sakshi Malik tweeted, "Terribly saddened to hear the news of the #Pulwama attack. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
The Federation of Cine Employees decided to observe a 'Black Day' on Sunday. In order to pay tribute to the martyred soldiers, a prayer session was held, several cricketers who were in Mumbai to do an ad shoot decided to join in, including Harbhajan Singh and Mohammad Kaif.
Harbhajan Singh in a speech to the attendees said that he thinks the soldiers who protect the country are the real heroes of the nation, not cricketers and actors.
Suresh Raina, VVS Laxman, Prithvi Shaw and Shubhman Gill were the other cricketers who attended the session.
Former India cricketer VVS Laxman also said that he was saddened and shocked by the Pulwama terrorist attack.
Suresh Raina who was present at the prayer meet said that it is the time to be with the families of the martyred jawans. Suresh Raina urged the attendees to offer whatever kind of support to the families.
Suresh Raina revealed that he was deeply hurt by the terrorist attack that had taken place in Pulwama and the people of India wanted justice and revenge for their soldiers.
Top cricketers and other prominent sportspersons across the country came together to show their solidarity towards the martyrs of the Pulwama terrorist attacks. The sports stars pledged support to the families of the slain soldiers, including bearing the education expenses of their children. Here are pictures. (Pics/ Sameer Markande)
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