Tamulpur: On February 14 while the rest of the world will be celebrating love, in India people will be mourning for their soldiers who lost their lives at Pulwama in Kashmir. A terrorist attack where a vehicle filled with 80 kilograms of RDX rammed on a Central Reserved Police Force convoy of 78 vehicles claimed the life of 40 personnel of the para-military force. One of the deceased was Maneswar Basumatary from Tamulpur in Assam’s Baksa district was among the 40 martyred in the attack.
A year later, although the family has somehow managed to move on with life, they are still striving for justice. They appeal to the government to take steps in order to bring the perpetrators to book.
“I think that government should take steps to bring the culprits to justice. So many people had to sacrifice their lives and such things should not happen in future,” said Sanmati Basumatary widow of the martyr.
Maneswar’s 22-year-old son, Dhananjay Basumutary, who is also a BA second semester student, also echoed similar thoughts.
“We can only ask the government but the government itself should think about it and take actions. It has been a year now and no one has been caught. The government should take steps to nab them at the earliest,” Dhananjay said.
Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed had claimed the responsibility for the attack. Following the same, the suicide bomber has been identified as Adil Ahmed Dar from Kakapora in Pulwama. However, till after a year, no charge sheet of the incident has been filed. As per reports, NIA said that no live link to connect the terrorist to J-E-M, has been established, as all the accused in the case are dead.
Meanwhile, with the demise of the soldier, responsibilities have fallen on the shoulders of Sanmati Basumatary’s, widow of the martyr and the absence of the father and husband has created a void that can never be filled.
“Since the day the incident took place I didn’t even get the time to think about it. It has been a year but people are still coming. CRPF officials also visit at times. But when I am alone, I tend to talk to myself. I keep saying that had he been there, why would I need any money,” Sanmati added.
February 14, 2020, will also mark the first death anniversary of Basumatary. In memory of the martyr, a statue has been constructed at his final resting place which will be inaugurated by Bodoland People’s Front secretary and Rajya Sabha member Biswajit Daimary.