Lethpora: Security personnel inspect the site of suicide bomb attack at Lethpora area, in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. At least 37 CRPF personnel were killed yesterday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district. (PTI Photo/S Irfan)(PTI2_15_2019_000031B)
Lethpora: Security personnel inspect the site of suicide bomb attack at Lethpora area, in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. At least 37 CRPF personnel were killed yesterday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district. (PTI Photo/S Irfan)(PTI2_15_2019_000031B)

Mumbai: Villagers of Malkapur in Maharashtra’s Buldhana district on Tuesday had a special reason to smile after the pre-dawn air strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed’s terror camps in Pakistan. CRPF trooper Sanjay Rajput who was among the 40 personnel killed in the February 14 Pulwama terror attack was a resident of Malkapur village, over 500 kilometres from here.

Heart-wrenching gloom had descended on the village following Rajput’s martyrdom and on Tuesday’s strikes, in which an estimated 350 Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists perished, has brought back the smiles on villagers’ faces. Several of them distributed sweets and slogans like “Bharat Mata ki Jai” continued to rent the air periodically amid drums setting a celebratory beat in the village. Calling the air strikes an apt reply, a villager said such action was needed from time to time. -Agencies

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