Who Killed Yatris?

July 17, 2017 0 Comments EDITORIAL 131 Views
Who Killed Yatris?

The attack on a bus of Amarnath pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag recently that left over seven people dead and 19 injured has left several questions unanswered. Was it a security lapse or was it a terror attack. The militant outfits operating in restive Kashmir haven’t claimed the responsibility of the attack so far. There hasn’t been any attack on the Amarnath Yatris in which so many yatris were killed in Kashmir. Conclusion of peaceful Yatra is considered to be an achievement for the government. However not single terror incident has been in all these years. What went wrong this time? Who killed Yatris? Why at this time when Kashmir is emerging post Hizb commander Burhan Wani’s killing. There are many questions that remain open for the answers. Police blamed Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba for killing Amarnath Yatra pilgrims overnight amid mounting evidence of security lapses in the hours before the attack that triggered widespread condemnation across the country. Opposition parties blamed the government for not doing enough to stop the militant strike on a bus carrying 61 pilgrims – most of them from Gujarat — and deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh said the authorities will investigate how the attack occurred despite prior intelligence warnings. Police said security forces had recovered empty cartridges and underbarrel grenade launchers from the site of the attack — all with Pakistani markings. Locals said six persons, including two brothers, were detained for questioning on Monday night. In Delhi and in Srinagar, high-level review meetings were held. Home minister Rajnath Singh was briefed by national security adviser Ajit Doval, the chiefs of the Intelligence Bureau and R&AW, while in Kashmir, governor NN Vohra and chief minister Mehbooba Mufti met officials separately. There is a Unequivocal condemnation from Kashmiris. The attack on Amarnath pilgrims shocked entire Kashmir. Killing of unarmed civilians has to be condemned without any reservation, and Kashmiris, who have themselves been the victims in this regard, are very well aware about the pain of losing the dear ones. Hurriyat Conference categorically condemned the attack. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq summed up the collective outrage over the incident when he said: “As the unfortunate news of the yatris’ killing reaches us, leadership and people of Kashmir are deeply saddened and strongly condemn it. Amarnath pilgrims have always felt safe coming to Kashmir despite the communally charged atmosphere elsewhere in Indian amid communal tension. Pilgrims have always had nice things to say about the hospitality of the local Muslim population. Despite the widespread bloodshed in the valley since 1990s, Kashmiris have always extended cooperation to the pilgrims. This time the government has to come clean while the whole Kashmir is fuming over the deaths of Amarnath yatris.

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