Seven Amarnath pilgrims, including five women were killed and 15 injured when militants attacked a bus carrying at least 56 passengers at Botengo village near Anantnag, on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, in South Kashmir.
Facing the bullets, the bus driver, Salim Sheikh, charged past the area but faced another group of terrorists after crossing just 75 metres. The driver again did not stop the bus despite facing terrorist attack for second time in quick succession.
"Considering the unfortunate loss of life and injuries suffered by the yatris (pilgrims) in the recent terror attack, the entire security apparatus has been put on the highest alert by the ministers," a home ministry stated.
“As per our preliminary investigation, we have found out that two Pakistanis, accompanied by two local militants, were responsible for the attack. This group belonged to the Lashkar,’’ Inspector General of J&K Police, Kashmir Zone, Muneer Khan said.
The Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet, under the leadership of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, granted ex-gratia of Rs 6 lakh to the next of kin killed in the attack. 2 lakh will be given to the grievously injured and 1 lakh to the one who sustained minor injury.
As a fresh batch of pilgrims left the tourism department-run Yatri Niwas in Jammu at 3 am on Tuesday, chants of “Bum Bum Bholey” and “Jai Shankar” rent the air. Hours later, at the Amarnath Yatri reception centre, there is little sign of fear, anxiety or uncertainty among pilgrims gathering for the next day’s journey […]