Amarnath Yatra terror attack: Rajnath Singh calls for an emergency meeting to discuss security situation

Amarnath Yatra terror attack: Reports suggest National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, senior MHA officiails, IB officials and RAW's chiefs are expected to be in attendance at the meeting.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 11, 2017 10:47 am
west bengal communal clashes, baduria clashes, rajnath singh, facebook post triggers clashes, mamata banerjee, k n tripathi, india news, indian express Amarnath Yatra terror attack: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair an emergency meeting today to review security situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday called a high-level security meeting at his residence at 10 am in the wake of Amarnath Yatra terror attack on Monday that left at least seven pilgrims dead and over 30 injured. According to reports in ANI, the meeting will be held to discuss the security arrangements for the pilgrims. Reports suggest National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, senior MHA officiails, IB officials and RAW’s chiefs are expected to be in attendance at the meeting.

Meanwhile, J-K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called for a cabinet meeting in the wake of the terror attack on Tuesday. J-K Governor N N Vohra also called for a meeting in Srinagar on Tuesday morning at 11 am. MHA officials including MoS Home Hansraj Ahir and JS Kashmir Gyaneshwar Kumar are also set to visit Srinagar today, news agency ANI reported. Earlier, last night, the Home Minister had called J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and J-K Governor N N Vohra after the attack took place.

At least seven people were killed, while 19 others were injured after militants opened fire at a bus carrying pilgrims at Botengo village near Anantnag district on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway in South Kashmir at around 8.10 pm on Monday night. The militants targeted a police bullet-proof after which they attacked a police picket near Khannabal. After police started retaliatory firing, the militants reportedly fled firing during which the bus carrying the yatris was hit.

The attack has received nationwide condemnation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi describing the attacks as “evil designs of hate”. “My thoughts are with all those who lost their loved ones in the attack in J&K. My prayers with the injured. India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks & the evil designs of hate,” PM Modi had said in a tweet.

BJP President Amit Shah also took to Twitter to express his grief over the incident and said those responsible for the attack will not be spared. “I have no words to express my deep pain on the killing of innocent pilgrims traveling to the holy shrine of Amarnath. It is a henious act,” Shah tweeted.

Over 3000 pilgrims, undeterred by the terrorist attack, early morning on Tuesday continued their journey as they left Srinagar to make way for South Kashmir Himalayas for the darshan of ice-lingam.

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    Beware Chinese Jihadis
    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:29 pm
    CHINA IS SILENT HAPPY, NOT A WORD THEY UTTERED AT THIS. CHINESE WARNING IN CHINESE KASHMIR INTERVENTION, WAS GIVEN OPENLY BY CHINA OPENLY YESTERDAY. TODAY IT HAPPENED. ITS CLEAR CHINA HAS BLESSED THIS TODAY. HOW MUCH CHINESE SPIES TERRORISTS ARE PAYING, TO DO THESE ASSASINATIONS. HOW MUCH PER COLD BLOOD MURDER, BY CHINA PAK.
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      Asish
      Jul 11, 2017 at 1:38 pm
      What people should ask question is where are THERMAL Cameras with SuperCooled Sensors ? Why Government of India is not buying them for Kashmir scenario? The usual Night Vision goggles actually amplify the light but there is nothing better system to use in the Kashmir Valley like Thermal Cameras with SuperCooled Sensors. They will change the ability of detecting the terrorists. You cannot prevent their surprises but you can respond immediately with these sensors as they can detect them much better in dark.
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        Asish
        Jul 11, 2017 at 1:40 pm
        All good Drones use them, why can't our security forces have them in front of their convoys a jeep or a bus or an RV carrying it with its processing unit and people sitting analysing surroundings. Low Power Radars can also be used.
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          Anad
          Jul 12, 2017 at 12:47 am
          You do not have anything else other than writing a trail of email to impress your language? Solution for the terrorism in kashmir is only to attack POK and eliminate all camps.Before that we need to remove the Home minister bhaiyya who is the most useless moron with out any vertebrae .When ever there is any terror attack or violence in Bengal or killing of RSS and BJP workers in kerala this stupid know only to call high level meeting and nothing else.I do not know how th nation is tollerating this stupid incompetent moron .I shudder what would happen if by default he become PM because of his UP politics.
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          Asish
          Jul 11, 2017 at 1:28 pm
          Never take it out of the sight that amongst the Kashmiris there are honest, 1 million times more nationalist than myself Muslim Kashmiris. We have to remember they take their suffering with them, never complaint, always come to help, love their Allah and are honest to the core. We should never lose sight of them, if we have to become a developed society. Knee Jerk response doesn't make you see your surroundings, the one that loves you, you want to attack except for the Pseudo Seculars. Because before Arnab Goswami no one had attacked Pseudo Seculars openly, who are the single most threat to India, they are 1 million times more dangerous than the Pakistani, and they enjoy every Hindu blood that falls. Almost 95 percent of Pseudo Seculars are born in Hindu family itself.
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            Asish
            Jul 11, 2017 at 1:31 pm
            The 95 percent of Pseudo Seculars consists of Communists, foreign funded NGOs and the 5 percent are the likes of Suzanne Arundhati Roy and Prannoy James Roy
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            Asish
            Jul 11, 2017 at 12:41 pm
            When floods came those people survived who followed the procedures of the Armed forces. Follow their procedures, they are experts in surviving in extremeties. Lose a little bit of ego when you go to the God, learn to listen to these people. They may look just like you and simple but they know what are the best ways to avoid mishap and how to defend against enemies.
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              Asish
              Jul 11, 2017 at 12:35 pm
              Think of Security with also this perspective that if you will not eliminate criminals and terrorists you will see innocent die. So Government should argue back with how many terrorists have been eliminated and improve the success here. It should also give a number of how many were eliminated in Surgical Strike. We should start doing body count of how many terrorists were killed in the last few months to tell people, how much effort has gone. Long Live India, Long Live Our Army
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                Asish
                Jul 11, 2017 at 12:39 pm
                We should continuously plan what are called preemptive strikes in order to prevent terrorist intrusions. News channels should control their shocks, people have died, what will shock do. Some of us will die just like that, so should you go into shock again. Ofcourse one should question, but as engineering tells us there is nothing 100 per cent, it is measured in sigma limits, what is the current sigma limit and what do we have to do to improve it especially in technology and strategy. We are not investing in technology for small things, Benjamin Netanyahu being from MIT speaks in volumes of books when he said that they have Computerized Cow. He is saying technology will improve situation immensely and they were able to improve from the best cows in the World. That's the solution for our security too.
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                Asish
                Jul 11, 2017 at 12:31 pm
                You are only safe if you respect the security that is given to you and respect how valuable they are. What Pseudo Seculars do it make people more aware of the fact that how dedicated these forces are? They are the most respected Armed forces in the World for their multiple humanitarian missions, their utter professionalism and being the force which helped Allies win World War One and Two. Looking at them I am in sheer awe of them, they are the toughest human being. But if I stand in front of Lion and put my hand in the mouth, I cannot blame them I have to instead look at my own stupidity.
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                  Asish
                  Jul 11, 2017 at 12:12 pm
                  Make everybody go in a discipline and teach them to respect the security issues and the terrain. Going to any place and feeling at home is not a smart strategy when such places are outrun by terrorists. You cannot eliminate terrorism 100 , there is always the game of how low is it possible. You cannot eliminate crime, it is always how low it can get. They were planning for a bigger attack and couldn't pull it off. This attack was also a result of this bus not going with convoy and that too amongst so many 7 died. Security has been good without doubt, it doesn't raise any doubt on it. Taking a stupid knee jerk response will rather affect security adversely. An aircraft can fly in a particular region if winds are coming pilot has to follow the path, cannot take om decision. This is the law of the nature, one has to learn the discipline in which one operates. Blame goes to the Bus operator and stupidity of the driver to not even comm about bus breakdown or is there a hidden mole.
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                    Asish
                    Jul 11, 2017 at 12:20 pm
                    I wish we could make strategy that quickly and we could prevent everyone from not dying. It would have been the utopian world but its not possible. That's why we have Yamraj in our religion and Grim Reaper in UK. Of course security should be better but we need to understand what is feasible. Why there was no commando with Gun in the bus as it left. The other way is to only let the people who are military trained to go to the Yatra. Learn from Israel, they keep going through this security mess, it is essential. World Is Bad, it is dangerous, that's why God gave us brains and Brain works slowly not in a jerk. Trying hasty decision will not change the situation, respect the efforts this security men are doing, it is marvelous, it is unbelievable. They are my HEROs. Also Central Government should fund and bring JK Special Task Police force and keep the democracy alive, we are not scared lot, we are thinking lot. Attack will happen and pin pointed that scares the Pakistani Army the most.
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                      Asish
                      Jul 11, 2017 at 12:27 pm
                      We should plan retaliatory attacks and create fear in the Pakistani Army personnels but most importantly majors. We should use intelligence to eliminate Hafez Saeed or huddin, we should start finding what we can do with internal funding of eliminating terrorists using Pakistanis itself who do not support this nonsense. We need to operate inside Pakistani with force and strength, we can help United States as well, that should where the energy be, that's what scares Pakistani. They are scared that Jadhav like incident can happen that's why they are publicly showing that nonsense. This is where they cannot prevent considering how much distrust exists within Pakistani society. Throw money, throw strategy and get message to the Hurriyat, one more nonsense and we will eliminate you.
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                    Champa Bai
                    Jul 11, 2017 at 10:27 am
                    begunah logo ki jaan chali gayi aur yeh neta bas ninda karke khush hain.............
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