Pilgrimage turned into carnage in Amarnath

13 July, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Garry Little
  • Amarnath Yatra Terror Attack

The devotion and belief of the people going for the pilgrimage at the Amarnath caves Yatra are so strong that nothing, not even the terrorist attack on Amarnath, can shake their spirits.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attack and tweeted that "India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks and the evil designs of hate".

"This incident goes against the very grain of Kashmiri ethos", separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Farooq and Yasin Malik said in a joint statement.

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.

In response, BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi asked the Congress vice president to read the history of his family, saying they were responsible for the problems in Kashmir. Militancy has now entered its final phase in Kashmir: Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in the PMO, told media in Srinagar on Wednesday.

India's Central Reserve Police Force, which provides security for the two-month long annual pilgrimage, said gunmen first opened fire on a security checkpoint but no injuries were reported.

The opposition Congress, however, accused the government of issuing contradictory statements.

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Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has said that he will nominate Salim for a bravery award.

"After every terrorist attack, be it the Uri or the Pathankot Air force camp similar platitudes are offered by government with Prime Minister refusing to come forward", he alleged. "I have to congratulate the civil society, the people of Kashmir, in fact the people of the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir, for the kind of resilience and discipline they have maintained over the last 25 years", he told reporters here.

The Union minister said the security agencies have been directed to plug loopholes, if any.

The security agencies have launched a manhunt for Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Ismail, a Pakistani terrorist, and two others who masterminded Monday's attack on the bus.

"Investigations point to the role of Ismail". Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan by a cease-fire line, and the two countries have fought two wars over its control since they won independence from British colonialists in 1947.

The banned outfit had denied its role in the attack.

Ismail has been active in Valley for several years and had moved base to south Kashmir more than a year ago, the police official said in Srinagar.

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