Thursday, 21 September, 2017

Terror fails to deter Amarnath pilgrims

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Sammy Stanley | 13 July, 2017, 00:45

"Now where are these cow vigilantes?"

As many as 22,633 devotees embarked on the pilgrimage on Tuesday amid heightened security measures even as the attack was condemned by one and all, right from Amnesty International and SAARC nations to all parties cutting across political lines.

It was also said that the bus and its pilgrims were not registered with the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) that manages the affairs of the annual Yatra.

Vijay Rupani also said:"We have canceled all the programs that were to be held today, including a party meet to be attended by BJP president Amit Shah and a program of the presidential candidate to seek support".

Stating that the investigating agencies would look into "all the aspects", the Union minister said the last word must come from the experts in the field of security.

Pressure over the attack has grown on state chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, who has struggled to control an upsurge in street protests as well as militant violence since last July when security forces killed Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani.

Vijay Rupani, chief minister of Gujarat, announced that he plans to "recommend the name of driver of the ill-fated bus, who saved lives of other passengers", for a bravery award.

The Cabinet also instructed the Finance Department to provide necessary additional funds for meeting the ex-gratia on immediate basis for release.

The worldwide community on Tuesday stood united in condemning the horrific attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims with nations promising to stand by India in the fight against terrorism.

Around 8:20 pm bus was attacked by the militants in Batengoo area of Anantnag, killing seven Amaranth worshipers and leaving 19 injured. That the bus was carrying unregistered pilgrims disobeying the rule of the ban on traveling on that highway after seven in the evening, resulted in endangering the lives of the pilgrims.

The 90th and 40th battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been deployed at the spot to prevent further untoward incidents.

Earlier in the day Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry organised a protest rally from its office to press enclave to condemn "every kind of blood bath" in Kashmir. "The common youth of Kashmir is keen to be a part of the development journey led by Prime Minister Modi".

Security agencies launched a massive manhunt to hunt down the alleged mastermind of the Amarnath yatra attack, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abu Ismail.

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