One more time, militants attacked INDIAN pilgrims who were going to Amarnath Yatra. On Monday night, terrorists opened fire on pilgrims’ bus in Anantnag district. The bus was returning from the Amarnath shrine and in this attack at least 7 people killed.
In the bus, there were 60 to 70 pilgrims and returning from Baltal to Jammu. Militants attacked the bus at Batengoo. All the killed pilgrims were from Gujarat. Today their bodies would be airlifted to Gujarat.
PM Modi condemned the attack saying India would not be bogged down by such cowardly act. Last night J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti visited the injured at the hospital.
Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti described the attack as an assault on India’s values and traditions. She hoped to arrest and punish the terrorists. President Pranab Mukherjee, Amit Shah, Rahul Gandhi and other leaders also condemned the attack.
After this brutal attack, the Kashmir valley is under curfew and Internet services have been suspended across the region.
According to officials, the pilgrims’ bus was registered with Amarnath shrine board and hence it was not provided elaborate security. Also the bus driver had violated rules and he was driving on the highway after 7 pm. After 7 pm, security cover is withdrawn.
7 dead pilgrims were identified as Hasuben Ratilal Patel, Surekhaben, Patal Lakshmiben, Ratan Zeena Bhai Patel and Prajapati Champaben from Gujarat and Usha Mohan Lal Sonkar and Thakur Nirmala Bharat from Maharashtra.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh called a high-level meeting at his residence at 9:45 am. Also J&K Governor N N Vohra has also arranged a meeting in Srinagar.
As per Kashmir Police, Lashkar-e-Taiba carried out this attack and mastermind was Pakistani terrorist Ismail.
The next batch of pilgrims left today morning. They will cross the Jawahar tunnel by 3:00 pm. State government arranged 3 empty buses along with pilgrims’ vehicle to ensure pilgrims’ safety in case of a breakdown.
After a long discussion, meeting at Rajnath Singh’s residence ends.
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