Unfazed by Amarnath Yatra attack, another batch of pilgrims set out amid high security

Amarnath Yatra attack: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said the “massive public outrage cutting across ideological and party lines is a silver lining”. Speaking to The Indian Express over phone from Srinagar, Mehbooba said she had “no words to describe the pain and anguish” when she “met the survivors of the attack."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 12, 2017 11:46 am
amarnath attack, Mehbooba mufti, amarnath yatra, amarnath pilgrims, Amarnath death toll, kashmir terror attack, india news, Amarnath yatra news High security arrangements for Amarnath pilgrims at the Ararnath Yatri welcome center at Jammu city. (Source: Express photo by Jasbir Malhi)

Two days after seven Amarnath pilgrims lost their lives in a militant attack in Anantnag district, the largest batch of Amarnath Yatris left for Pahalgam and Baltal on Wednesday, reported news agency ANI. “Another batch of 3,791 yatris left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in 101 vehicles, including 55 buses and 46 light motor vehicles for the valley around 4 a.m. today (Wednesday) in an escorted convoy,” police told IANS. The pilgrims set out amid high security following Monday’s attack. This is the second such strike on Amarnath pilgrims in the past 17 years. The attack has been condemned from all quarters.

Speaking on the Amarnath Yatra attack, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said it was one of the biggest tragedies. “There is religious freedom in this country…communalism in India is at its peak again and it can devour us all. This attack is an example of communalism,” he said.

Hours after the Amarnath Yatra attack, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said the “massive public outrage cutting across ideological and party lines is a silver lining”. Speaking to The Indian Express over phone from Srinagar, Mehbooba said she had “no words to describe the pain and anguish” when she “met the survivors of the attack.”

“When I reached there (Anantnag), there were heart-rending scenes. Most of the yatris killed were women, who were the head of their families. I had no words to express my grief. They had come here for religious reasons, to pay their obeisance at the cave shrine. And now, they were returning in coffins,” she said. Related | From a reluctant pilgrim, a cook to one who enjoyed visiting temples; a list of victims. Click here to read.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi called the tragedy a “grave and unacceptable security lapse” and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to accept responsibility. “This is a grave and unacceptable security lapse. The PM needs to accept responsibility and never allow it to happen again.” Meanwhile, MoS Home Hansraj Ahir, MoS PMO Jitendra Singh and J&K Joint Secretary Gyanesh Kumar will brief Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday.

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    Asish
    Jul 12, 2017 at 2:09 pm
    The real test and performance criteria comes from Israel. Are you capable of doing precision attacks? Are you capable of eliminating Syed Sauluhudin? All the weaponry, all the strategy and thinking energy should be devoted to it. Just like Israeli Drones who select and elimnate autonomously, Indian Government should create an organization whose job is to do this on a regular basis, working in tandem with intelligence. Rulers who have no ears, no eyes perish and spies are your eyes and ears.
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      Asish
      Jul 12, 2017 at 2:10 pm
      If we eliminate the weeds on a regular basis, than only fruit bearing trees will thrive and grow out in open. You want good of the J K, kill these venom spewing otherwise they will contaminate a larger region which will become risk for the whole World.
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      Asish
      Jul 12, 2017 at 1:56 pm
      If you really want to respect for the ones who have died, learn to go in a discipline. Train people with gun. Buses should carry an armed gunman either from Army, CRPF or BSF. It is time that we eliminate Syed Saualuddin by air strikes, surgical strike or paying for it. We should raise a bounty on him and pay to a Pakistani if he helps getting him eliminated. We should also tell people of Mushirabad, India will come and attack any gathering in which it suspect Syed Sauluddin is giving speech. Anyone those who die, were there at their own risk. We will not tolerate anti Indian sloganeering and support of terrorism from Pakistani Occupied Kashmir
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        Asish
        Jul 12, 2017 at 2:01 pm
        We should ask Government of India what are the steps planned to eliminate Syed Sauluddin? What are we waiting for, an aarti or a pooja? Only a pin or a needle can pierce through the security apparatus of the human body. Precision and directed attacks are the best way to defend. The surprise element ensures that enemy is always in defense mode. Elimination of the venom spewing on PoK cannot be allowed, it is affecting our security. If Pakistan says its not doing it than it shouldn't mind if these get eliminated. We have the right to defend ourselves, as per the law, as per any idea of fairness.
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          Asish
          Jul 12, 2017 at 2:03 pm
          Let this be a lesson that we will eliminate these venom spewing creeps on a daily basis, just like we eliminated Burhan Wani. You say anything of attacking India or Indian Armed forces and you will get it back. You can disagree with us, you can shout, you can question us, you can criticize us, you can call us whatever you like. But dare you talk of attacking India or Indian Armed forces you will get eliminated. We consider PoK as part of India and we will retaliate within PoK.
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        Bakchodi
        Jul 12, 2017 at 1:17 pm
        Either Kashmir should be a legit part of India without any special provisions or the state should be wiped off like Mosul. India should start killing innocent civilians of POK and Mir Our khas to retaliate.
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          Asish
          Jul 12, 2017 at 2:04 pm
          Pure and utter stupidity, killing civilians serves no purpose. They are not the plotters. Kill the culprit, don't show your manhood by killing innocent.
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          Pais Hilary
          Jul 12, 2017 at 1:13 pm
          This is a statement by the Chief Minister after the event and is of no real consequence. The point is how did the government's security apparatus permit a bus full of pilgrims to take off at night without security escort? That point remains unanswered.
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            Idrees
            Jul 12, 2017 at 3:45 pm
            It's a pertinent point in which most readers won't be interested as it can unravel the truth of RAW's involvement in this gruesome incident
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            Gitesh S
            Jul 12, 2017 at 12:31 pm
            Ms. Mufti, please be consistent with your comments. Condemn all attacks, whether on yatris or on soldiers and anyone else. Then only we will give you respect for your spoken words.
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              Shashi
              Jul 12, 2017 at 12:22 pm
              That s the spirit
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                Vivek
                Jul 12, 2017 at 12:08 pm
                My message to every Hindu visiting this page: It is clear that the government is still made of the same, tired old bureaucrats who will "strongly condemn" and do nothing. Modi let Nirbhaya's most violent rapist, a muslim, get away (the rapist is enjoying biryani in south-india apparently). Modi is not going to do much about this incident either. The question is, what are YOU going to do about it, other than leaving angry comments here? In a few days there will be a cricket match and YOU will again go to sleep. The only way WE Hindus can survive is if WE all unite as one. We need to make a conscious effort to overcome our caste/class/regional/diet/color/education differences. United we survive, divided we fall. Don't look to politicans for solutions. We the ordinary Hindus need to find solutions to our problems. For that to happen, we need to unite, organize, build trust, and support each other in every way possible. Please think about my words. Vandemataram!
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                  Bakchodi
                  Jul 12, 2017 at 1:11 pm
                  Modi didn't let Nirbaya rapist free, it was your uncle Kejruddin who gave him a sewing machine made him a tailor.
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                  Vivek
                  Jul 12, 2017 at 12:07 pm
                  My message to every Hindu visiting this page: It is clear that the government is still made of the same, tired old bureaucrats who will "strongly condemn" and do nothing. Modi let Nirbhaya's most violent rapist, a muslim, get away (the rapist is enjoying biryani in south-india apparently). Modi is not going to do much about this incident either. The question is, what are YOU going to do about it, other than leaving angry comments here? In a few days there will be a cricket match and YOU will again go to sleep. The only way WE Hindus can survive is if WE all unite as one. We need to make a conscious effort to overcome our caste/class/regional/diet/color/education differences. United we survive, divided we fall. Don't look to politicans for solutions. We the ordinary Hindus need to find solutions to our problems. For that to happen, we need to unite, organize, build trust, and support each other in every way possible. Please think about my words. Vandemataram!
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