Amarnath terror attack: Probe exposes gaps in security measures

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They said that a bus carrying 60 Hindu pilgrims had been passing through the area when the patrolling police and militants were exchanging fire, and that some bullets struck the bus and its passengers.

"The annual Amarnath yatra has been going on peacefully for centuries and is part of our yearly rhythm and will remain so".

Security forces have launched a massive hunt for Pakistani national and Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abu Ismail who has emerged as the mastermind of the deadly terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims, a senior police official said July 12.

Jammu Activists of Shiv Sena and Dogra Front hold placards and shout slogans during the Jammu Bandh call given by several organisations in protest against killing of seven Amarnath Yatris in Anantnag by terrorists in Jammu on Tuesday. PTI
In Jammu members of Shiv Sena raised anti-BJP anti-PDP slogans blaming the Narendra Modi government for failing to protect pilgrims. PTI

According to a report in The Times of India, after a meeting between the intelligence agencies, Central Reserve Police Force and the Jammu and Kashmir Police on 25 June, the Centre was warned of a possible terror strike during the yatra.

Since the beginning of the pilgrimage, 1,46,692 yatris have paid obeisance at the cave shrine. The pilgrims were then hit as the terrorists fired indiscriminately, the news agency said. "Pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath Yatris in J&K". The Jammu - Srinagar highway has been covered with security troops and strict orders have been imposed for the security troops to attack the terrorists if any attacks have been located. The #White House has issued a statement condemning #The Attack by Pakistan-based terrorist groups.

Besides, the Union minister said hi-tech methods such as the use of warning gadgets were being discussed to secure the 40-day pilgrimage.

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"The terrorist attack on AmarnathYatra is reprehensible and must be condemned", tweeted Congressman Ted Poe. There is a wave of anger and shock over the deaths of the innocent pilgrims.

Meanwhile, a human rights group has filed a petition in the Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), demanding an investigation into yesterday's attack on the pilgrims.

At least seven Hindu pilgrims have been killed and 19 others wounded after the bus they were traveling in became caught in crossfire in Indian administered Kashmir, police have confirmed. Thousands of people from different countries also foreigners take part in the Yatra, And sadly every year Amarnath Yatra has been under terrorist terror.

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