Attack on Amarnath pilgrims against fundamental principles of humanity: Amnesty International

Five women were among seven people who were killed when militants attacked a bus carrying at 56 passengers at Botengo village near Anantnag. The attack took place near a security camp on the national highway at 8.10 pm.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:July 11, 2017 4:30 pm
 Amarnath terror attack, Amarnath yatra terror attack, Amanath pilgrims attacked, kashmir violence, jammu and kashmir, kashmir-terrorism, amnesty international, india news, indian express Indian security force personnel stand at the site of a gunbattle between Indian police and militants on Monday in which seven Hindu pilgrims were killed, in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district July 11, 2017. (Reuters Photo)

Condemning the dastardly terror attack that killed seven Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday evening, Amnesty International India has said it shows “utter contempt for human life and the fundamental principles of humanity.” “Shooting at a bus carrying ordinary people on a pilgrimage shows utter contempt for human life and the fundamental principles of humanity. Those behind this horrific assault should be found and punished,” said Aakar Patel, Executive Director at Amnesty International India.

The human rights organisation also called upon Jammu and Kashmir authorities to ensure the safety of all civilians while upholding human rights law and standards. “The Jammu and Kashmir authorities must protect all civilians and ensure that they are not put in danger, while upholding human rights law and standards. They must guard against any attacks, including reprisal attacks, which could lead to more civilian casualties,” he added.

Five women were among seven people who were killed when militants attacked a bus carrying at least 56 passengers at Botengo village near Anantnag. According to reports, most of the victims are from Gujarat. The attack took place near a security camp on the national highway at 8.10 pm. According to a J&K Police spokesman, militants first launched an attack on a police bunker at Botengo. “There was retaliatory fire. No injuries were reported. The militants then opened fire at a police naka at Khanabal, and the police returned fire again,” said the spokesman.

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“A tourist bus was hit by bullets, and about 18 were injured. Six of them died, while the others are undergoing treatment,” said the spokesman. He also said the bus carried a Gujarat numberplate and was on its way from Baltal to Jammu, and was not part of the yatra convoy.

 Amarnath terror attack, Amarnath yatra terror attack, Amanath pilgrims attacked, kashmir violence, jammu and kashmir, kashmir-terrorism, amnesty international, india news, indian express The injured at a hospital in Anantnag, Monday. PTI photo

In the wake of attacks, the Jammu and Kashmir government has announced Rs 6 lakh as compensation for the kin of each pilgrims killed in the terror attack, while Rs 2 lakh for those injured. Reacting to the incident, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims has shaken the edifice of Kashmiri ethos and described it as a “blot on on all Muslims and Kashmiris”.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has reviewed the security situation in the violence-hit state and ordered enhanced security for pilgrims visiting Amarnath cave shrine. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had strongly condemned the attack and insisted that India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks and evil designs of hate.”Pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath Yatris in J&K. The attack deserves strongest condemnation from everyone,” Modi had tweeted.

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    Sukumar Talpady
    Jul 12, 2017 at 8:57 am
    Kashmiri Militants of any group never cares for Fundamental Principles of Humanity or any other principles . They carry out what is told by their masters across the border. When most of the nations have condemned this attack on unarmed innocent pilgrims, one country which hailed the "so called sacrifice of one terrorist " killed by Indian Armed Forces last year , has not uttered a single word on this mass murder. That country calls these people as Freedom Fighters. And You Amnesty International condemn Indian Military Action in tying a stone pelter to the jeep and parading him . Please have guts to condemn Pakistan First.
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      raj
      Jul 11, 2017 at 8:11 pm
      This will continue until muslims realise that their religion and teachings need to be reformed. They get instructions from God himself. You cannot stop people getting instructions from god himself. Real muslims should come forward and disown these people. Will this happen. All religions are just belief systems and they were started to moralise people who still has animal instincts. People should realise all lives in this planet have equal rights to live including birds and animals. we are just advanced life forms nothing else. we eat sleep reproduce like all creatures. We think too much about ourselves.
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        Ashish
        Jul 11, 2017 at 10:50 pm
        You are absolute correct. But the problem is that if Muslims accept that their religion is just a believe system. and not word from god. Then they have nothing left in their religion. They have to follow logic and decide what is best. If they do that their and hindu believe system doesn't have any difference.
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        chitta
        Jul 11, 2017 at 7:40 pm
        Hindus showing Hindu power as Hindu has majority. Muslim must increase Muslim ppulation so that Muslim can have equal power as Hindu.
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          Hindu
          Jul 11, 2017 at 9:42 pm
          Muslims will become extinct in india soon . How ? Technically the supreme court may declare that all indians are Hindus . Can anyone do anything about that , no ? Why ? because Hinduism is not a similar religion as islam or christianity . So supreme court may first declare india as hindustan and then all indian as Hindus . Just like all citizens of afghanistan are afghans . NO one can do anything if supreme court says so . That will be the first step . The next step will be the arabs , devoid of oil will stop sending money to madrasas and masjids . So these will be turned to schools and hospitals . It will be stamped in their pasport that they are hindus from hindustan . So just relax. After all the level of violence and maara-maari will come down.
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          VIJAY SINGH
          Jul 11, 2017 at 7:32 pm
          Amnesty International India, stop shedding crocodile tears on this tragedy. We all know that you were the one shed similar tears when Ajmal Kasaab and Afjal Guru were hanged.
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            ah
            Jul 11, 2017 at 6:40 pm
            "Amnesty International India" and what about Dadri lynching and other MOB ATTACKS with support of govt. and police??? you think Muslims as fools ...................... when a HIndu is KILLED it is human rights violation anhd when Muslim is killed it is LAW AND ORDER problem???
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                dv1936
                Jul 11, 2017 at 6:27 pm
                This is the TRUE face of Islam.
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                  Chinese Assassin Terrorists
                  Jul 11, 2017 at 6:20 pm
                  Chinese Assassinnnatingg Terrrrorists- THERE ARE ABOUT 2OO NATIONS ON THIS PLANET. UR RELIZION PPL HAVE EXEECUTED ASSASSSSINATIONS TERRRORIST ATTAKS, KILLD MILLIONS OF INNOCENT, CIVILIANS, WOMEN, CHILDREN, IN NEARLY ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY FIVE COUNTRIES ON THIS PLANET. ALL BCOZ OF AN OLD DESERT THINKING AND OLD DESERT BASED BOOK. IT WAS MEANT ONLY FOR OVER THOUSAND YEARS BACK, ONLY FOR DESERT AREA OF MIDEAST, ONLY FOR WARRRRING ILLITERATE TRIBES IN MIDEAST DESERTS, ONLY FOR THAT TIME. NO NEED FOR SUCH THOUGHTS AND BOOK IN TODAYS PROGRESSING NATIONS AND TOMORROWS FUTURISTIC SOCIETIES. JUST SET ASIDE THAT OLD RUSTING BOOK PERMANENTLY. SWITCH OVER TO A NEWER MODERN RELEVANT BOOK.
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