J&K – Top story this morning 7 Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 19 others were injured in a terrorist attack on the bus carrying them to Anantnag on Monday night now. Security has been beefed up in the state following the attack. Home minister Rajnath Singh has called a high-level meeting at his residence to discuss the security arrangement for the pilgrims after the barbaric attack.
Meanwhile the Amarnath pilgrims remained undeterred. A fresh batch of close to 3000 , of them embarked on the yatra today.
A bus carrying a Amarnath pilgrims was attacked near antenna when it was on its way from Srinagar to Jammu at 8:20 p.m. on Monday. 7 pilgrims including 6 women were killed. 5 of those killed were from Gujarat and two of them was from Maharashtra. The victims had performed the yatra two days ago and had moved to Srinagar.
The terrorists first attacked a bulletproof bunker of the police at Boontongo. There were no injuries in this attack thereafter they fired on a police picket near carnival. When the police retaliated the militants fled firing indiscriminately in which the bus carrying the yatris got it. PTI is quoting police and government sources are saying the bus driver had violated rules for the pilgrimage as new yatra vehicle is allowed in the highway after 7:00 p.m. a security cover is withdrawn after that.
Prime Minister Modi is closely monitoring the situation reacting to the attack on Twitter he said, pain beyond words on the dastardly attack on peaceful and were not theories in J&K. the attack deserves strongest condemnation from everyone. India will never get bogged down by such cowardly acts and the evil designs of hate.
Defense minister Arun Jaitley turned the attack the most reprehensible act he added that this incident should add to our determination to eliminate terrorism. Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to governor NN Vohra and Chief Minister Mufti and sought details of the attack. He directed state officials to ensure foolproof security in future.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi expressed sorrow over the attack. In a series of tweets Sonia Gandhi asked for investigation into lapses in security for the yatra. Rahul Gandhi said that it is a grave and unacceptable security lapse and the Prime Minister needs to accept responsibility. he further added India won’t be intimidated by these attacks.
Security has been enhanced at the Jammu Srinagar national highway northern port following the terror attack. the last time the Amarna theater was targeted was in 2001 when 13 people were killed.
The police in Kashmir are saying that the terror group lashkar-e-taiba was behind the attack and the mastermind was the Pakistani terrorist Abu Ismail.