Calling it a "cowardly act", film industry celebrities such as Akshay Kumar, Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra, and other celebrities expressed shock over the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama that killed at least 44 CRPF personnel on Thursday. At least 44 CRPF personnel were killed when a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into the bus they were traveling in, one of the worst terror strikes in Jammu and Kashmir in recent years.
Ranveer Singh said he was disgusted by the "cowardly terror attack on CRPF soldiers in Pulwama. "My sincere condolences to the families of our brave jawans. Saddened. Angry," he said in a tweet.
Alia Bhatt also tweeted, "The Pulwama attack is despicable. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the martyrs. I pray for the recovery of the injured."
Actor Priyanka Chopra said, "Absolutely shocked by the attack in #Pulwama...Hate is NEVER the answer!!! Strength to the families of the martyred jawans and the CRPF soldiers injured in the attack."
Akshay Kumar said the incident should not be forgotten. "Numb beyond belief at the dastardly terror attack on CRPF soldiers in Pulwama. May God give peace to their souls and strength to their grieving families. Wishing the injured a speedy recovery. We can't let this be forgotten," he said in a tweet.
"My heart goes out for the jawans of our beloved country and their families who lost their lives as martyrs to save our families... #YouStandForIndia," wrote Salman Khan
Farhan Akhtar also took to Twitter to express his anger. " Just learnt of the horrific and cowardly terror attack in Pulwama. Disgusted and saddened. United in grief with families of the CRPF jawans who lost their lives. My deepest condolences to them".
Veteran actor Shabana Azmi called the terror attack a "heinous" crime. "Will there be no let to these heinous attacks? These mindless killings. This utter disregard for human lives? Extremely shocking news coming from Pulwama. I strongly condemn the worst terror attack on CRPF convoy and stand united with the grieving families (sic)," she wrote on Twitter.
Javed Akhtar also shared a tweet grieving the loss of life. " I have a special relation with CRPF. I have written Their anthem Before putting the pen to paper I met a number of CRPF officers n what ever I learned my respect admiration and love for these braves increased by many a fold Today I share the grief of the dear ones of the martyrs".
Actor Rishi Kapoor termed the attack "shameful, shocking, reprehensible". "Absolute act of cowardice. Perpetrators of this heinous crime cannot be friends with people of Kashmir. We stand by the bereaved families," he wrote on the microblogging website.