Home Minister lays wreath, carries coffin of CRPF soldier

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Srinagar: In a rare gesture Home Minister Rajnath Singh carried the coffin of a slain CRPF jawan after laying  wreath on the mortal remains of the troops on Friday.

Singh attended a solemn function here where the remains of 45 CRPF personnel were kept in coffins, draped with tricolour.

The home minister, Governor Satya Pal Malik, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, CRPF Director General R R Bhatnagar, Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbagh Singh besides others attended the wreath laying ceremony.

Singh said: “The nation will not forget the supreme sacrifice of our brave CRPF jawans. I have paid my last respects to the martyrs of Pulwama. The sacrifice will not go in vain.”

The dignitaries stood in silence till the coffins were loaded on to a truck which went to the Srinagar airport, the official said.

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