Amarnath Yatra (Hindu Pilgrimage) Bus Attacked | Six Amarnath Yatris Killed

National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 10 July 2017

According to sources, at least 6 Amarnathji Yatris killed in a terrorist attack at Batingu, Khanabal, Anantnag in J&K when unknown militants at 2020 hrs fired upon a bus carrying the SANJY-17 pilgrims (Baltal to Mir Bazar). Initial figure of 2 fatal casualties on spot updated later to  increase to six. Many other Hindu Yatris (possibly about 14) are said to be injured. Reportedly, the bus was neither a part of convoy nor registered with shrine board. Troops of 90 Bn & 40 Bn of CRPF rushed to the spot. The names of the deceased is not yet known. The incident has occurred just two days after the first anniversary of Burhan Wani, a Pakistan backed Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist.

UPDATED AT 10:35 (As per official sources):

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Amarnath Yatra bus attacked by terrorists

Update on the SANJY-17 Bus attack, Anantnag

Militants first attacked on the combined NAKA of STF,SOG & CRPF at 2015 hrs at  Khannabal & ran away towards Batingu, No loss/ injury rprtd.

Militants further attacked (@102020) the pilgrims bus (GJ 09 J 9976) at Batingu (06 civilians killed & 14 injured) & escaped towards Arwani.

While escaping militants fired upon the camp loc of G/90 Bn located at Arwani.No loss/ inury reported.

Pilgrims belongs to  Gujarat.

UPDATED AT 10:53

 

General Secretary of All India Congress Subtly Plays Politics. Tweets:

UPDATED AT 11:05

The attack on CRPF leaves many questions including if the attack is fallout of intelligence failure as intelligence of a potent possible attack was shared days before when IG Muneers Khan’s alert letter reportedly leaked. Why the bus was plying after road opening party was withdrawn after 07:30 pm? Is there any insider involved in the incident?

UPDATED AT 11:10:

PM @NARENDRAMODI CONDEMNS THE ATTACK ON AMARNATH YATRIS

UPDATED AT 11:24 PM

According to sources, LeT could be behind the attack on Amarnath Yatra. Defence Minister @arunjaitley says attack adds to our resolve to eliminate terror.

Prime Minister Modi and BJP President Amit Shah have spoken to the Yatris and consoled them. BJP President Amit Shah expressed grief over the incident. NSA Ajit Doval has been in South Block and monitoring the situation:

UPDATED AT 11:45 PM

JRL strongly condemns yatri killings, demand immediate impartial probe Says “killers of yatris enemies of humanity, Islam’

Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Hurriyat(G), Hurriyat (M) and JKLF Chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik has strongly condemned the killing of seven yatris in an attack at Ananatnag in South Kashmir.

Seeking an immediate impartial probe into the yatri killing a spokesman of the Joint Resistance Leadership told KNS “ The killers of Amarnath yatris are enemies of humanity and enemies of Islam. Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Hurriyat(G), Hurriyat(M) and JKLF Chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik strongly condemns the attack and the killings”. The Joint Resistance Leadership demanded an initial probe into the killings and said that program against the killings will be announced after detailed consultations tomorrow.

(NOTE: The statement by Hurriyat is contrary to their action. Infact, they have been supporting Pakistan backed terrorists like Burhan Wani). 

According to sources, J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti reaches Anantnag where she is expected to meet the injured.

No organisation has yet (11:52 pm) taken responsibility of cowardly attack in which 5 out of 7 dead are women while 20 other injured. Sources suspect the attack to be handiwork of the Pakistan based terrorist organisation, Lashkar-e-Taiba.

CM Mehbooba Mufti condemns the attack. She says, police will brought the perpetrators to book; whosoever is involved in this incident has brought bad name to Islam.

Former CM of J&K Omar Abdulla Tweeted:

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Amarnath Yatra bus that come under terror target

 

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Amarnath Yatra bus registration number plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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List of passengers going for pilgrimage to Amarnath Yatri, when bus came under cross fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATED AT 11 JULY 2017

Meetings in Home Ministry ends. NSA attended the late night meeting. Amarnath Yatra to continue despite attack. Investigation to focus on loophole as how unregistered (with Amarnath Shrine Board) bus broke off from the convoy.

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Picture of Bus that was attacked while carrying Amarnath Yatris

Earlier CRPF has provided the details of the yatris for today’s yatra as below:

Details of Amarnathji Yatra convoy as on 10/7/17 from base camp Jammu. Convoy left Jammu at 0405 hrs escorted by CRPF and JK police.

for Pahalgam

Male – 1138

Female – 335

Sadhu -100 total yatries-1573

Lmv -10

HMV – 32+2(sadhu)

Total veh -44

Details of Baltal

Male-653

Female-204 Total yatries-857

Lmv-11

HMV-16 total 27

Total yatries and vehicles departure for Pahalgam & Baltal are as under

Male – 1791

Female -539

Sadhu-100

Total yatries-2430

Lmv-21

Hmv-48+2

Total

Escort comdr sh Sandeep Gautam Ac  160 Bn CRPF

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