New Delhi, July 11, 2017: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday hailed the people of Kashmir for their unequivocal condemnation of the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir’s Anantnag district that left seven persons dead on Monday evening.
“Every section of the society in Kashmir has condemned the unfortunate cowardice act of terror on the Amarnath pilgrims. I salute the people of the state,” Rajnath Singh said here.
Rajnath’s comment came after he headed a high-level meeting with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and other top officials from the home ministry, intelligence agencies and central paramilitary forces.
“No one in Kashmir has praised the terror attack, this proves that Kashmiriyat is still alive there. This also boosts my morale to fight against such forces,” he said.
The meeting was called to look into possible security lapses that may have led to the attack on a bus that was carrying pilgrims from Gujarat.
Meanwhile, a delegation of officials, including MoS for Home Hansraj Ahir, has been sent to the state to assess the security situation.
Director General of CRPF R R Bhatnagar is already in Srinagar, reviewing the deployment of central forces, reported media. He is expected to attend a meeting convened by Governor N N Vohra.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also calls for a Cabinet meeting today, in the wake of the terror attack. Mufti had, yesterday, visited the injured at the Anantnag Hospital. Condemning the attack, she had hoped to arrest and punish those involved soon.
Earlier today, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala called Amarnath Yatra terror attack a “serious security lapse” by the government and security forces. He also added that “If there were intelligence inputs on 25th June that Amarnath Yatra would be attacked, why no preventive measures were taken,” reported media.
At least seven people were killed and 19 others were injured after terrorists attacked a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims who were coming back from Baltal after performing the Yatra was caught in a crossfire between militants and a police party in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district.