Bus under attacked was not registered with Amarnath Shrine Board

  • Bus under attacked was not registered with Amarnath Shrine Board

Bus under attacked was not registered with Amarnath Shrine Board

Salim's courageous act also won him the praise of Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who said on Tuesday that: "We want to thank the bus driver who saved many lives amid heavy firing".

The police said the bus driver had violated rules for the pilgrimage, which state that no yatra vehicle should be on the highway after 7 pm as the security cover is withdrawn after that.

Twelve pilgrims were wounded in the fighting triggered after the militants attacked a police bunker and another police party at a checkpoint.

Opposition parties today asked the government to introspect on alleged failure to prevent the "cowardly and ghastly" terror attack on Amarnath yatra pilgrims despite advance intelligence inputs.

So many leaders condemned the families who were injured in the attack.

The caves, which lie 3,900m high and can only be reached on foot or on horseback, are seen as a symbol of religious unity in the volatile region.

In the past, the pilgrimage has been targeted by Muslim rebels who have been fighting for Kashmir's independence from India or its merger with neighbouring Pakistan since 1989. The attack deserves strongest condemnation from everyone... According to the reports, the bus was not a part of the main Yatra convoy and at least 20 more were injured.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan by a ceasefire line, and the two countries have fought two wars over its control since they won independence from British colonialists in 1947.

No wonder then that Monday's attack, which claimed sevn lives, drew widespreat criticism from politicians as well as the civil society.

Monday's attack seems to be a sign that terrorists in the valley, out of a sense of desperation, are training their guns now on softer, defenceless targets, a senior official said.

But a spokesman for the group denied responsibility.

The bus - GJ 09 Z 9976 - was registered in North Gujarat's Sabarkantha district, but the owner had sold the bus to one Jawahar Desai of Valsad, Gujarat.

He said he and his friends had not made plans to join this year's yatra, but had suddenly chose to sign up for the pilgrimage. A police official has already been quoted as having said that since they were not registered yatris, they were not escorted by Indian forces. Viewing the past record of the involvement of Indian secret agencies and army personnel it can not be ruled out that the bus tragedy is also a handiwork of the Indian government.