Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has said a ‘befitting reply’ won't bring back those killed in the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama.

After many in the Central government echoed the sentiments of the nation and vowed to avenge the death of the jawans by giving a 'befitting reply', the Karnataka chief minister said a 'befitting reply' is not a solution for this crisis.

When asked whether Pakistan should be declared as a terror state, Kumaraswamy said the government has to primarily take steps to ensure such an atmosphere does not arise in future.

Kumaraswamy also opined that the solution is to create a conducive atmosphere in the region, and said that it was the Centre’s responsibility to do it.

A terrorist of Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit armed with an explosive-laden vehicle in Jammu and Kashmir hit a bus carrying CRPF jawans with killing over 40 of them. Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the attack. Following this, the Indian Army took down two Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) terrorists in an encounter in Pulwama district on Monday. 

Unfortunately, the encounter took the lives of four Army personnel. The soldiers killed in this operation belonged to the 55 Rashtriya Rifles. Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal, 34, was from Dehradun. The others killed are Sepoy Hari Singh, 27,  Havaldar Sheo Ram, 37, and Sepoy Ajay Kumar, 27.