Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has condemned the terror attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, and said the sacrifices made by the 40 CRPF martyrs will not go in vain.

Of the 45 slain CRPF personnel, 12 belonged to Uttar Pradesh. Paying tributes to the jawans, the UP chief minister termed the terror strike a “cowardly attack”, and said it was a crime against humanity. Yogi Adityanath announced that Rs 25 lakh each would be given to the next of kin of the 12 deceased jawans from UP. In addition, a government job will be given to one member of the bereaved family. The chief minister said a road in the villages of the martyred jawans would be named after them.

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Of the 12 CRPF martyrs from the state, two are from Shamli district. They are Pradeep Kumar Prajapati and Amit Kumar. The other martyred personnel are Kaushal Kumar Rawat (Agra), Vijay Kumar Maurya (Deoria), Pankaj Kumar Tripathi (Maharajganj), Ram Vakil (Mainpuri),Avdhesh Kumar (Chandauli), Mahesh Kumar (Prayagraj), Ramesh Yadav (Varanasi), Ajit Kumar (Unnao), Shyam Babu (Kanpur Dehat) and Pradeep Singh Yadav (Kannauj). According to official sources, they would be accorded state funeral.

The chief minister has issued directives that a minister of his cabinet, along with the area district magistrate and the SSP concerned should be present at the last rites of the slain jawans. The list of the ministers assigned the districts to which the CRPF personnel belonged has been finalised. According to official sources, the ministers assigned the districts are Jai Prakash Nishad (Chandauli), Ramapati Shastri (Maharajganj), Suresh Rana (Shamli), Anupama Jaiswal (Deoria), Satyadev Pachauri (Mainpuri), Ashutosh Tandon (Allahabad),Neelkanth Tiwari (Varanasi), SPS Baghel (Agra), Sandeep Singh (Kannauj), Mukut Bihari Verma (Kanpur Dehat) and Brijesh Pathak (Unnao).