Pilgrimage turned into carnage in Amarnath

Posted July 14, 2017

The pilgrims were on their way back from the Amarnath cave, a shrine deep in the Himalayas, when their bus got caught up in the crossfire between militants and security forces near the town of Anantnag, police said, Reuters reported.

Condemnation against the Amarnath attack has continued to pour in from the global community. Following the attacks, nearly 3,000 pilgrims readied themselves to offer prayers and successfully complete their pilgrimage to Amarnath Yatra, this morning, in Jammu & Kashmir.

Massive protests were seen in the Jammu division against the attack.

As many as 21,000 paramilitary personnel in addition to state police forces have been deployed to provide security along pilgrimage routes. "The attack on Amarnath yatris has caused great pain to us". The Jammu - Srinagar highway has been covered with security troops and strict orders have been imposed for the security troops to attack the terrorists if any attacks have been located.

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"Despite the attack on Monday, the pilgrims insisted that the Yatra should not be suspended even for a day, and it should continue". Protestors demanded that the Jammu and Kashmir government be dismissed for its failure to protect the Amarnath pilgrims. In the course of the violence, seven of those pilgrims were killed and at least 19 more were injured.

"This was an unconscionable attack on innocent pilgrims exercising their most fundamental and basic rights to freedom of religion", said Hindu American Foundation (HAF) board member Rajiv Pandit.

N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to discuss the security arrangements for the pilgrims.

Singh also said that a security meeting is going to take place later tonight where it would be decided whether to handover the inquiry of the attack to National Investigation Agency (NIA) or not.

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"Considering the unfortunate loss of life and injuries suffered by the yatris in the recent terror attack, the entire security apparatus has been put on the highest alert by the ministers", a Home Ministry statement said.

Jammu: Internet services, which were suspended in Jammu region after a terror attack in which seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed, have been restored after 36 hours. The separatist leaders have also come out in condemnation.

The Amarnath yatra was targeted in 2001 when terrorists had struck in the Sheshnag area close to the holy cave of Amarnath, killing 13 people.

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