Upendra Bharti | HENB | Delhi | July 10, 2017:: Pak supported Jihadi Terrorists on Monday night killed around 10 Amarnath Yatra pilgrims from Gujarat, including six women, and injured 30 others as they struck at a bus in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, in the worst attack on the annual pilgrimage since the year 2000, the local sources said. While TNN source told the casualties of 7 pilgrims, Zee News figured it as 8.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal will hold a nationwide protest on Tuesday+ against the terror attack on the bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
The bus bearing the registration number GJ 09Z 9976 was attacked at around 8.20pm near Khanabal when it was on its way to Jammu, the J&K police said.
Police said the bus was not a part of the Amarnath Yatra convoy, which is being provided elaborate security. The terrorists first attacked a bullet-proof bunker of the police at Botengoo, a police official said, adding the firing was retaliated. There were no injuries in this attack.
Thereafter, the terrorists fired on a police picket near Khannabal. When the police retaliated, the militants fled, firing indiscriminately, and the bus carrying the Amarnath pilgrims came in the crossfire.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his anguish over the ”dastardly attack” in a series of tweets . Condemning the attack, PM said ”India will never be bogged down by such cowardly attacks”.
“A group of heavily armed terrorists today attacked police parties in Batengoo and Khanabal area of the district (Anantnag). Unfortunately, a pilgrim bus was caught in the crossfire leading to the death of six yatris and injuring 12 others,” Munir Khan, IGP Kashmir, said after early hours after the attack. The numbers of casualties and injured are increasing.
The security forces said the bus was not registered with shrine board and the driver had flouted rules for the pilgrimage which states “no vehicle should be on highway after 7 pm”.
The bus was neither a part of convoy nor registered with shrine board, a senior CRPF official said, adding, “troops of of 90 Bn and 40 Bn CRPF have been rushed to the spot.”
According to initial reports, the killed pilgrims were from Gujarat and were returning after paying obeisance at the shrine.
The Terror attack on Monday may halt the Amarnath pilgrimage on Tuesday.
A Mumbai source says, Shiv Sena may demand stoppage of Haj pilgrimage from Kashmir as a token reaction of Modi Govt against the Jihadi terror attack as the Central Govt failed to check the terrorism in Kashmir valley.