Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi's policies and blames him for Amarnath attack

Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi's policies and blames him for Amarnath attack

Seven Hindu pilgrims were killed Monday after their bus became caught in the middle of a firefight between militants and law enforcement along India's restive border with Pakistan.

Terming the United Jihad Council (UJC)'s condemnation of the attack as "healthy", Singh said one "good thing which came out of the attack" was that nobody was "apologetic" while denouncing it. Thereafter the terrorists fired on a police naka (checkpost) near Khanabal. Despite of the attack by terrorists, the bus driver made sure that the bus was not stopped and he kept it moving because of which several lives have been saved.

So far, 1.57 lakh pilgrims have performed the Yatra and paid obeisance inside the Amarnath cave situated 3,888 metres above the sea-level.

However, violating the security guidelines, the bus was neither registered with the Amarnath Shrine Board nor had it adhered to the security detail.

Rupani also spoke to the Jammu and Kashmir government to ensure that proper care was provided to the injured hospitalized in Kashmir.

"I feel happy that people in Jammu and Kashmir, especially in Srinagar, have condemned it and no one supported it", he said.

Journalist Gowhar Geelani said, "We express solidarity with those who were killed in Batengoo attack".

"Pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath Yatris in J&K".

J-K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti summoned an emergency meeting of her cabinet to review the security situation across the state.

The memo, dated June 25 and verified as authentic by The Associated Press, said "terrorists have been directed to eliminate 100 to 150 yatris (pilgrims) and about 100 police".

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has said that he will nominate Salim for a bravery award. Worse, it blamed the Indian agencies for the attack.

He also said, "Anything that happens in Kashmir finds echo across the country". The present incident tells us that, till that time comes, the pilgrims will continue to be targeted in spite of the cordon of security forces thrown around them.

Also, the ministry has sounded "highest alert" across the state.

Congressman Ted Poe, U.S. representative for Texas's second congressional district, tweeted, "The terrorist attack on #AmarnathYatra is reprehensible and must be condemned".

The Amarnath yatra was targeted in 2001 when terrorists had struck in the Sheshnag area close to the holy cave of Amarnath, killing 13 people.

A number of people from civil society staged a sit-in-protest in Srinagar against the Monday attack on Amarnath yarties in which seven people were killed.

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