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Yesterday terrorist struck a bus carrying Amarnath yatra pilgrims in South Kashmir’s Anantnag. Seven people comprising six women and one man died and 32 injured. The attack took place amid 8.20 pm. A bullet-proof bunker of the police at Botengoo was attacked just a few moments prior terrorists struck the bus carrying pilgrims. After that, the terrorists fired on a police picket close to Khannabal, Yatris are from Gujrat mainly South Gujarat’s Valsad. Reports state that the bus was not registered with Amarnath Shrine Board and was travelling lacking security escorts.
The bus had come from Sonamarg. The pilgrims were on their way back subsequent to visiting the Amarnath shrine. The police and top government sources supposed the bus driver had despoiled norms for the pilgrimage, which states that no yatra vehicle should be on the highway later than 7 pm as the security cover is withdrawn following that.
PM Narendra Modi, who was personally monitoring the circumstances, strongly condemned the terror attack and stated that India would in no way get bogged down by such gutless attacks and evil designs of hatred. He tweeted “Pained beyond words on the offensive attack on peaceful Amarnath Yatris in J&K. The attack earns the strongest condemnation from everybody.” He added that “My feelings are with all those who lost their loved ones in the offensive in J&K yesterday. My prayers with the wounded”.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley phrased the attack as the “most reprehensible act” and supposed “This incident should append to our determination to eradicate terrorism.”
Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State in the PMO condemned the attack. He alleged that “It is not just an attack on the pilgrims, but an attack on the combined culture of the nation. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti claimed: “It is an attack on our roots. We will not depart any stone unturned in catching the perpetrators of this attack to fairness.” National Conference leader Omar Abdullah supposed: “The attack cannot be condemned stoutly enough.” He added that such an attack was anticipated in spite of latest successes aligned with militants by security forces.
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad phrased it “unfortunate”, and added that the terrorists will have to “pay through their nose”. Sonia Gandhi, who titled the attack “a crime adjacent to humanity”, calls for significant action aligned with its perpetrators. “The attack on the devotees of Shiva is an evil aligned with humanity. The entire nation is in distress.”
CM Mehbooba Mufti calls for a Cabinet conference today, in the wake of the dread attack. Mufti had, yesterday, visited the wounded at the Anantnag Hospital. Criticising the attack, she had hoped to detain and punish those concerned soon.
Nirmal Singh, J&K Deputy Chief Minister, alleged that the victims, both deceased and wounded, will be airlifted to New Delhi today in an exceptional BSF aircraft. He stated that “The dead and the injured pilgrims will be moved to Srinagar tonight. They will then be moved to New Delhi in a BSF aircraft at 7:30 AM tomorrow”.