Amarnath Yatra terror attack: Protest in Jammu today, alert sounded on Vaishno Devi route

Amarnath Yatra terror attack: There was confusion at Amarnath Yatri Niwas in Bhagwati Nagar here over the movement of pilgrims. “We are yet to receive any information,” said an official at the yatri niwas in Jammu, which acts as the first base camp for pilgrims.

By: Express News Service | Jammu | Updated: July 11, 2017 9:50 am
Amarnath Yatra terror attack, Amarnath yatra, Jammu and Kashmir Amarnath Yatra terror attack: Police have put up nakas along the national highway. Security en route the Vaishnodevi shrine was also stepped up.

As news of the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims spread, trade bodies and other organisations — such as VHP, Bajrang Dal, NC, Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Jammu Kashmir National Panthers Party — called for a bandh in Jammu on Tuesday. The Jammu-Kathua national highway was blocked late at night to protest against the killings in Anantnag.

Police have put up nakas along the national highway. Security en route the Vaishnodevi shrine was also stepped up. The yatra was going on as usual, but a high alert was sounded, sources said.

There was confusion at Amarnath Yatri Niwas in Bhagwati Nagar here over the movement of pilgrims. “We are yet to receive any information,” said an official at the yatri niwas in Jammu, which acts as the first base camp for pilgrims.

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“The plan is to allow all yatra convoys to leave for the Valley under security of police and paramilitary personnel at 3 am as usual,’’ he said, adding that “any decision regarding suspension of yatra in view of today’s terror attack, if any, will be announced at that time’’.

Nearly 3,000 pilgrims are expected to leave the yatri niwas in a convoy under tight security cover during wee hours daily. They have to cross Jawahar tunnel by 3 pm so that they reach their respective destinations at Baltal or Pahalgam before sunset.

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Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Rakesh Gupta appealed to people to observe complete a shutdown in memory of the Amarnath victims. The chamber called upon everyone to go for the yatra in large numbers to give a befitting reply to terrorists and send the message that Kashmir is an integral part of India, he said. He also appealed to people to maintain peace during the bandh.

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    vihari naidu
    Jul 11, 2017 at 5:23 pm
    Why don't we see protests by our beloved secular protesters from Kashmir valley. I will tell you why. Those who died are Hindus, that's why. You won't hear any band call against these terrorist attack.
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      manas
      Jul 11, 2017 at 10:09 am
      It has become very necessary for Hindus to shed secularism for there own survival.
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        rameshnk
        Jul 11, 2017 at 9:58 am
        fIRST AND fOREMOST mEHBOOBA SHOULD GO. tHE j k GOVT SHOULD BE DISMISSED AND gOVERNOR'S RULE BROUGHT IN. aRMY SHOULD SHOULD ALL OUT AND WIPE OUT ALL TERROS S, SYPMATHISERS. STONE PELETERS SHOULD BE HANDLED WITH A IRON HAND. ALL HURRITYAT AND CHAMCHAS SHOULD BE BEHIND BARS. THEN AND THEN ONLY KASHMIR WILL HAVE ANY SANE ORDER. OR ELSE IT WILL BE THE SAME OLD STAOTY REPEATED UMPTEEN TIMES.
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          Indian Express Wants Hindu Genocide
          Jul 11, 2017 at 9:26 am
          Revenge is only protest, other protests are useless.
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            Soby
            Jul 11, 2017 at 8:00 am
            Strict actions must be taken with some strategies to defeat these demons. May Almighty rest the departed souls in peace.
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              p g
              Jul 11, 2017 at 6:19 am
              Any number of protests are not going to help. Do you think, these terrorists are going to change after your protests??? Only one and single way. Give them double dose when their festivals come, right in Srinagar and other community districts. Protests and hartals are all out-dated. Pellet guns are the need of the hour. Remove the Chief Minister for her total failure.
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                NRI
                Jul 11, 2017 at 5:07 am
                re there any comments by Papu RGa or sikulars? How did bast rds know there would be bus traveling without security ? Who is the insider at the camp? No mercy for those sponsored terrorists
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