Amarnath yatra attack: Yechury asks despite intelligence inputs, why didn't govt act

Ghaznavi said that Kashmiris have never targeted any pilgrim.

A special operations group vehicle was travelling on the road behind the bus but didn't stop the Gujarat-registered vehicle.

Threat over the Amarnath Yatra was looming even before the pilgrimage began.

About 150,000 pilgrims have already completed the journey to Amarnath and tens of thousands more are expected to do so by the time it ends in late August. In July 2001, 13 pilgrims were killed after militants hurled two grenades at a camp and later opened fire near the Amarnath shrine.

Gujarat brimmed over with anger and anguish as the bodies of seven Amarnath pilgrims slain by terrorists in Kashmir arrived here amid angry protests across the state and calls to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for reprisal. The meeting took stock of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, security of Amarnath pilgrims and how to prevent such possible attacks in the future, official sources said.

LeT spokesman, Abdullah Ghaznavi, condemned the attack, saying it was against Islamic teachings.

"The attack deserves strongest condemnation from everyone", Modi said. While humanity has been shamed with this cowardly act, I appeal Shree Amarnath Shrine board to provide maximum compensation to the families of those killed and injured.

Most of the victims were from the western state of Gujarat where police said they were on high alert for protests.

But senior officials told HT on Tuesday that the entire apparatus is withdrawn at 5.30pm every day because buses and vehicles carrying pilgrims aren't allowed to travel after 5 pm. Eighteen opposition parties, which met at Parliament Library to decide their vice presidential candidate, unanimously passed a resolution against yesterday's terror strike, which they termed an attack on humanity and on India's plurality and diversity. "This will help foster a better understanding between the locals and people from the rest of the country while isolating the elements inimical to peace", the pilgrim added.

Rupani also said the State Government would consider recommending to the Government of India for an award to the name of the driver who, despite terror attack, drove the bus to a relatively safer place.

Some Indian media quoted the Kashmir police chief blaming pro-Pakistan militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has been involved in a number of deadly attacks in India. On Saturday, the Amarnath yatra was suspended from Jammu side due to law and order situation in the Kashmir Valley which was under curfew in the wake of the death anniversary of militant commander Burhan Wani.

The attack which took place in Bortengo village near Amarnath district in Jammu-Srinagar National Highway killed seven and injured as many as 19. We strongly condemn such acts.

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