Amid terror attack Amarnath Yatra continues under heavy security

12 Juillet, 2017, 12:53 | Author: Claudine Rigal
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So far, 1.57 lakh pilgrims have performed the Yatra and paid obeisance inside the Amarnath cave situated 3,888 metres above the sea-level.

The passengers travelling in the bus were from Gujarat.

Separatist leaders also condemned the attack.

This is not the first time that Amarnath pilgrims have been attacked by the terrorists.

In the past, the pilgrimage has been targeted by Muslim rebels who have been fighting for Kashmir's independence from India or its merger with neighbouring Pakistan since 1989. "All we wanted to do was get out of that place as soon as possible and Salim did just that", said Yogeshbhai Prajapati, a survivor.

"The DG (director general) had personally overseen all the security arrangements that had been made for the Yatra, in defence minister Arun Jaitley's presence, in Srinagar in June". Within hours of the attack, the home ministry sanctioned deployment of two more battalions of CRPF, which would join 300 companies of the central armed police forces and 5 army battalions in Kashmir to secure the 450-km route from Lakhanpur to the shrine.

Six Hindu pilgrims, majority women, were killed in a gun battle that erupted in Indian Kashmir on July 10 following two militant attacks on police. "This also applies to the people who have been sheltering and sympathizing with their cause", he added. Governor noted the need for all communities to maintain peace and harmony in all the regions of the State.

Hizbul's support to LeT to kill Amarnath pilgrims, if found true, will mean more attacks from the militant group, which has the biggest network in Kashmir. "The Amarnath yatra has been going on peacefully for centuries and is part of yearly rhythm and will remain so".

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Security agencies launched a manhunt to hunt down the alleged mastermind of the attack, Lashkar-e-Tayiba commander Abu Ismail. However, there was no independent confirmation of that.

Later, the NSA briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In the wake of Monday's attack, the state government has ordered all vehicles carrying pilgrims to follow that standard procedure.

Meanwhile, the mortal remains of the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims, who lost their lives in the attack, were brought to Surat, Gujarat.

"The injured pilgrims and the coffins of those killed are being carried to Ahmadabad in a special IAF aircraft which arrived from Delhi this morning", the spokesperson said.

Rupani said he will recommend the driver for a bravery award.

Sources said the government may announce a full-time Minister of Defence after the Monsoon Session of Parliament, which will be held from July 17 to August 11, after which a Cabinet reshuffle will be done. "Terrorists should not be spared".

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