Forty Indian soldiers died a year ago in one of the deadliest attacks on security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir. The suicide bomber drove a vehicle packed with explosives into a convoy of 78 buses carrying Indian paramilitary police in Pulwama. A year later, the families of the soldiers are still looking for answers, BBC Hindi reports.
The attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy took place at 15:15 local time (09:45 GMT) on a motorway that connects the cities of Srinagar and Jammu.
With the blame swiftly moving to militants based in neighbouring Pakistan, the attack changed the tenor around the country’s general election, for which campaigning was well under way. National security became the plank on which the poll was fought, and many say the attack contributed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s brute majority.
However, amid widespread national fury, several questions were raised after the attacks.
For instance, why were civilian vehicles allowed on the highway at the same time the convoy was using it? How did intelligence agencies fail to send out any early warnings? Why were the soldiers not moved via aircraft? And why was such a large convoy part of what should have been a routine movement?
The country’s National Investigative Agency (NIA) is yet to file charges in the case. It says most of the suspects in the attack have been killed in gunfights with security forces. But it has not answered any of these…