While returning back from the Amarnath yatra completing their pilgrimage almost seven pilgrims lost their lives to a severe terror attack on Monday night near Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir. No terror group right now has taken the responsibility of the attack but the Kashmir police is speculating it a work of Lashkar-e-Taiba with the mastermind of Abu Ismail, a Pakistani terrorist involved in it. The Kashmir Police is of the belief more so because, a day before the attack a major group of Lashkar militants was raided. Open firing by the terrorists not only killed 7 but also injured more than 20 other pilgrims badly.
Amarnath Yatra Terrorist Attack: The Whole Story
Terrorists opened fired at the bus filled with pilgrims at about 9pm on Monday night that was coming back from the Amarnath shrine, Jammu & Kashmir that is located about 50 kms from Pahalgam, Kashmir. Before that at around 8:30 pm terrorists started firing at a police car which was stationed at a security check-post. When police personnel retaliated back to the firing the terrorists started a showering bullets haphazardly.
The bus full of pilgrims was 600 metres away from the police check-post an was encircled by the terrorists from three sides. Due to security reasons, vehicles carrying pilgrims are not allowed to ply on the highway after 7 pm, but because of breaking down the bus was delayed and met the hapless fate. Upon checking the Kashmir police further found out that the attacked bus was not even part of the official Amarnath tour and was from Gujarat.There was also no standard police escort car along with the bus for good security of the travellers.
Pilgrims Still In High Spirits for Amarnath Yatra
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. Following the attacks, almost 3,000 pilgrims readied themselves to offer prayers and successfully complete their pilgrimage to Amarnath Yatra, this morning, in Jammu & Kashmir. Police has tighten the security even further and has increased the number of escort vehicles accompanying every bus carrying pilgrims.
Rajnath Singh, the Home Minister is probing into the Jammu and Kashmir security department designated for the Amarnath pilgrimage, for what about 40,000 military personnel have been deployed to guard the routes leading to the famous shrine. Starting from late June this year almost 100,000 have already completed their pilgrimage to Amarnath that will last till August end.