On 10th of July seven pilgrims on the Amarnath Yatra out of which six of them women were killed in a cowardly attack by the terrorists. At least 19 people were injured in one the worst terror strikes in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Terrorists open fired on a bus with the pilgrims who were returning after visiting the holy shrine of Amarnath. The incident took place on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway at around 8.10 pm.
The terrorists first targetted a police bullet-proof bunker at after which they attacked a police picket. When the police retaliated, the terrorists reportedly fled firing indiscriminately, during which the bus carrying the yatris was hit. Most of the victims were from Gujarat.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police said the barbaric attack was carried out by the cowards of the terrorists organisation Lashkar-e-Toiba and was masterminded by a Pakistani terrorist Ismail, inspector general of police Muneer Khan.
The Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said that Monday’s attack is a “blot on all Muslims and Kashmiris”. “Pilgrims come to Kashmir every year for the yatra despite all the difficulties. And seven people died today. I have no words to condemn it. I hope the security forces and the Jammu and Kashmir police arrest the perpetrators forthwith and take stern action against them,” she said. On a visit to a hospital in Anantnag to call on the injured, Mufti said the head of every Kashmiri hangs in shame.
The country was saddened and deeply hurt by this attack and unequivocally expressed the pain on the attack on pilgrims. Political leaders across party lines have reacted to the attack, condemning the actions of the perpetrators.
The prime minister said that he was “pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath Yatris”. Adding that he had spoken to the chief minister and governor of Jammu and Kashmir to assure assistance, Modi said on Twitter, “India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks & the evil designs of hate.”
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley termed the attack as “the most reprehensible act”, adding that the incident should add to India’s determination to eliminate terrorism.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief said that he had no words to express his deep pain on the killing of innocent pilgrims. “It is a henious act,” he saidVeteran actor Anupam Kher also expressed his pain for the innocents killed in Amarnath. This is what he said
The god of cricket was also devastated by this barbaric attack on the pilgrims. He also expressed his pain for the victims on Twitter.
Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and also said the Army will retaliate back with appropriate actions.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also condemned this disastrous attack.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal said the attacks on the pilgrims deserved a strong condemnation.
Nationalists and actor Akshay Kumar also expressed his pain for the attacks on pilgrims.
Virender Sehwag also stepped forward showing deep condolences for the deceased.
Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu also commented on the cowardly attack on the pilgrims.
The West Bengal chief minister condemned the attack, saying terrorism not acceptable anywhere in the world.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also condemned the attack.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also expressed pain for the attacks on the innocents.
The former chief minister said “these terrorists are the enemies of Kashmir & Kashmiriyat”. “Every right thinking Kashmiri must today condemn the killing of the Amarnath yatris and say, unequivocally – this is #NotInMyName,” he said.
RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said it was time to act and take tough actions on the terrorists.
Political pundits Barkha Dutt and Rajdeep Sardesai also condemned the attack and said the terrorists want to start communal riots to disorder India with such attacks. India must be united against such cowardly attacks by terrorists.
In a joint statement, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik expressed grief over the killing of seven Amarnath pilgrims. “The incident goes against the very grain of Kashmiri ethos. The Amarnath yatra has been going on peacefully for centuries and is part of yearly rhythm and will remain so,” the statement said. “Our heart goes out to the families of the bereaved and we express our heartfelt condolences,” they added.
Paresh Rawal made a very sensible point and asked if the Human rights offered 10 Lakh to the stone pelter who was tied by Nitin Gogoi how much will they offer the families of killed yatris in Amarnath.