LeT Operative Led The Attack On Amarnath Yatris in Kashmir; 8 Dead and 19 Injured
New Delhi: A Lashkar-e-Taiba operative from Pakistan, Ismail, is said to have led the Monday night’s attack on Amarnath yatris, in which eight of the pilgrims have died and 19 have been injured. Bodies of the dead and those injured have been airlifted to New Delhi from the Army Base Hospital in Srinagar.
However, undeterred by the attack, 3,289 yatris have left Jammu for Baltala and Pahalgam under tight security on Tuesday morning. A bandh has been called in Jammu following the attack.
Monday’s victims were travelling in a bus to Srinagar when the incident took place at Botengo village near Anantnag district on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway at 8.10 pm. The bus came to a halt when it approached a jeep, which was under attack by the militants. Its occupants too thus came under attack.
Internet services in the valley have been blocked following the incident.
Just two day ago, on Saturday, the Amarnath Yatra was suspended from Jammu side due to law and order situation in the Kashmir Valley in the wake of the death anniversary of militant commander Burhan Wani.
Condemning the ‘dastardly’ attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was pained beyond words and offered all possible help to the State Government. “India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks and evil designs of hate,” he tweeted. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who described the attack as an assault on India’s values and traditions, hoped the attackers will be arrested and punished.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has chaired a high-level meeting on the attack and the situation in Kashmir. According to reports, NSA and chiefs of all security and intelligence agencies participated in the meeting. Meanwhile, CRPF DG RR Bhatnagar has rushed to Srinagar on instructions of Rajnath Singh.
Besides, J&K Governor and chairman Amarnath Shrine Board NN Vohra has also called for a high-level security meeting at Raj Bhavan in Srinagar.
Asaduddin Condemns Militant Attack On Amarnath Yatris:
AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP, Asaduddin Owaisi, has condemned the militant attack on the Amarnath yatris. He asserted that the nefarious designs of militants will never be allowed to succeed.
“Whether it be Lashkar or ISIS, we will never let them have an upper hand. The whole country will be united in this,” he pointed out.
After 2000, this is the most severe attack on the Amarnath yatris. Describing the militant act as dastardly, he, however, said the government will have to answer to certain questions regarding the attack.