1. Amarnath Yatra 2017 Attack Live Updates: Fresh batch of pilgrims leave for holy shrine, yatris remain undeterred

Amarnath Yatra 2017 Attack Live Updates: Fresh batch of pilgrims leave for holy shrine, yatris remain undeterred

Amarnath Yatra 2017 Attack Live Updates: Seven Amarnath pilgrims, including 6 women, were killed and 19 others injured in a deadly terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday evening.

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Amarnath Yatra 2017 Attack Live Updates: Security has been heightened in Kashmir even as Delhi Police have issued a high security alert across national capital. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh were monitoring the situation. The deadly attack, however, has failed to dampen the spirit of the pilgrims as yatra was going on amid multi-tier security setup. According to TV reports, 4 terrorists were involved in the attack.  Seven Amarnath pilgrims, including 6 women, were killed and 19 others injured in a deadly terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday evening. Terrorists carried out the attack on a bus carrying 56 passengers at Botengo village near Anantnag, on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, according to reports.

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11:58 PM: J&K government to give Rs 3 lakhs award to bus driver Saleem Sheikh

11:29 PM: 17 opposition parties have passed a resolution condemning the attack on the yatris.

11:14 PM: President Pranab Mukherjee asked Jammu and Kashmir government to ensure that the attackers behind the Amarnath attack are brought to justice.

10:50 PM: Army Chief  General Rawat takes stock of the situation in Srinagar

10: 30 pm: “This cowardly attack on the Amarnath pilgrims is an outcome of Intelligence failure. The government should overhaul the security measures (in J&K),” PTI further quoted the chief of Maharashtra unit of SP.

10:20 pm: Calling for an overhaul of the security apparatus in Jammu and Kashmir, Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi today said ‘Intelligence failure’ led to the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims, killing seven of them, reported PTI.

9:55 pm: The Jammu and Kashmir region today witnessed a complete shutdown, led by as many as 13 political parties and other organisations, following the terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag that took place on July 10, says PTI.

9:50 pm: A day after seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed in a brutal attack by terrorists, Gurajat erupted in anger with people taking to streets to condemn ‘Pakistan- sponsored terror’ and demanding reprisal, reported PTI.

9:45 pm: Condemnation against the Amarnath attack comes in from the international community across the globe, with the US and Iran deploring the strike and countries like Germany, France and Bangladesh expressing their solidarity with India in the fight against terrorism.

9:40 pm: Khan, in his statement said there is no place for violence in Islam. He also called upon all religious leaders to come together against terrorism.

9:35 pm: Spiritual head of Ajmer dargah, Zainul Abedin Ali Khan, while condemning the terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims termed it a “cowardly act”. He act that this this attack has brought shame to Kashmir.

9:30 pm: The Jammu region saw a complete shutdown, led by 13 political parties and other organisations, over the terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims yesterday, says PTI.

9:25 pm: Firing came from one side. The driver of the bus saved us: Prakash, Victim of the attack tells ANI.

9:20 pm: MoS PMO Dr. Jitendra Singh and MoS Home Hansraj Ahir met J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar. During the meeting, leaders expressed deep anguish over yesterday’s Amarnath terror attack and conveyed sympathies with bereaved families, reported ANI. 

9:15 pm: Here’s a report on how the bus driver Sheikh Salim saved as many as 51 lives during the Amarnath terror attack that took place in Anantnag July 10.

9:10 pm: If those terrorist would have had beef in their bags, none of them would have escaped. Now where are these cow-vigilantes, ANI quoted Thackeray asking.

9:05 pm: Expressing his grief over the terrorists attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has termed the episode as a ‘Terrible incident’. He said, “Terror attacks on temples of Hindus are possible only in this country.”

9:00 pm: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today condemned the July 10 terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir. He termed the act as a “shameful act of cowardice by forces bent on whipping up communal tension to trigger violence in the country,” reported PTI.

8:55 pm: Former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot today condemned the attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir and demanded an inquiry into the matter. “I condemn strongly the attack on Amarnath pilgrims, in which devotees have been killed. It is a cowardly act to target peaceful pilgrims. Nefarious designs of terrorists must be defeated. India will never be bogged down,” Gehlot said in his tweets earlier today.

8:50 pm: Prasad further said that PM Modi government’s resolve is firm and the terrorists responsible for the attack will be brought to book.

8:45 pm: The BJP today asked Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to ‘rise to the occasion’ and not do politics over the Amarnath terror strike. “You (Rahul Gandhi) will have enough occasions to do politics but please rise to the occasion today. You represent a party which has a long tradition,” PTI quoted Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad saying.

8: 40 pm: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Tuesday took stock of the security situation in the Kashmir Valley and has also asked soldiers to keep up the pressure on terrorists, said an India Today report.

8:30 pm: “Being enemies of civilisation terrorists don’t respect any religion. To disseminate terror, they target sacred locations and civilians,” said Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani.

8:25 pm: Afghanistan has condemned the terror attack targeting bus of pilgrims in Anantnag as a result of which number of Indian compatriots were killed, said an official statement obtained by ANI.

8:20 pm: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat met Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra in Srinagar to take an account of the situation in the valley, reports ANI.

8:10 pm: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue M.G. Vaidya earlier today said that in a place where Kashmiri Pandits could not live, there Hindus are certainly living an insecure life. “I am not shocked over the incident (terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims). In the valley, with around four to five lakh people, where Kashmiri Pandits cannot live, there the life of a Hindu is not secure as well,” Vaidya told ANI.

8:05 pm: Asaduddin Owaisi’s recent attack on Central government after Amarnath yatra terror attack. Watch Video.

8:00 pm: M M Khajuria the former Director General of Police of Jammu and Kashmir earlier today said that terror-related incidents like this apparently points out that there are certain flaws in the security apparatus. “I am sure the concerned security forces have taken notice of the flaws in security and correction has been put in place quickly,” he told ANI.

7:55 pm: Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal has also described the attack as very dastardly and cruel. “I severely condemn it and pay my condolences to the families of the deceased. I wishes for the speedy recovery of the injured”, ANI quoted him saying.

7: 50 pm: The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (NPP) earlier today staged protests in Jammu city of Jammu and Kashmir over attack on  the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims, reported ANI.

7:45 pm: Mobile data services have been stopped in Jammu since Tuesday morning in the wake of Monday’s Amarnath Terror Attack. Only the BSNL broadband services with limited speed are working, reported ANI.

7:40 pm: According to ANI, a fresh batch of pilgrims have left for the holy shrine of Amarnath earlier today, just a day after terror attack on the Yatris, which killed seven people.

7:35 pm: The Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) Muneer Khan earlier today told ANI that the attack on Amaranth Yatra pilgrims was been carried out by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and was masterminded by Pakistan terrorist Ismail.

7:30 pm: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Tuesday reportedly postponed his visit to Gujarat which was scheduled for today, in view of the July 10 Amarnath terror attack, reported ANI.

7: 25 pm: According to ANI, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Inspector General – Operations, Zulfiqar Hasan on Tuesday morning has assured that the Amarnath Yatra will go on peacefully.

7:20 pm: Expressing his views on the Amarnath terror attack, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday said that the Amarnath Yatra is a symbol of Kashmiriyat, therefore Monday’s terror attack on the pilgrims is cowardly and highly condemnable, reported ANI.

7:15 pm: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar earlier today condemned the ‘despicable attack’ by terrorists on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir. “I strongly condemn this most despicable act of cowardice, the perpetrators of which killed seven unsuspecting yatris. They will never succeed in their diabolical designs,” PTI quoted him saying.

7:11 pm: As per a CNN News 18 report, the bus which was carrying the Amarnath yatra pilgrims was captured by the terrorists when it halted for repair.

7:05 pm: Pallavi Abhyankar, a survivor of the Amarnath terror attack told PTI that it was driver’s quick thinking saved many lives yesterday. “Had it not been for the driver, the toll would have been more,” she said.

7:00 pm: After meeting the injured of Amarnath terrorist attacks at SKIMS Hospital in Srinagar, Union Minister Jitendra Singh told ANI, “This is an assault on Kashmir’s composite culture, this Yatra is a symbol of this composite culture.”

6:55 pm: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today expressed grief on the terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag on July 10 and also took a pot shot on the central government for failing to provide protection to the people. PTI quoted her saying, “I am sad that pilgrims going to Amarnath were shot. The Centre has failed to provide protection to the people.”

6:50 pm: Even Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh earlier today expressed his sadness over the terrorist attack on Amarnath yatris in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district “I strongly condemn the attack on Amarnath yatris. It is a heinous act done by Pakistan-supported terrorists. It is a cowardly and shameful act by terrorists on innocent and unarmed pilgrims,” PTI quoted Singh saying.

6:40 pm: Speaking to Times Now earlier today, a Kashmiri protesting against terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims said “Don’t play politics over terror attacks.”

6:35 pm: According to Indian Express, German Ambassador Dr Martin Ney too expressed his grief following the attacks. He said “On behalf of the Government of Germany, I strongly condemn yesterday’s terrorist attack in Jammu & Kashmir.”

6:30 pm: The Deputy Chairman of India-Russia Inter-Parliamentary Commission, Pavel Dorokhin said, “Russia stands united against terrorism and terrorism cannot be justified. We pay condolences to the families of the victims and wish speedy recovery to the injured.”

6:25 pm: MoS PMO Jitendra Singh and MoS Home Hansraj Ahir arrive at SKIMS Hospital in Srinagar to meet the injured of Amarnath terror attack.

6:20 pm: Army chief Bipin Rawat held a meeting with army officers in Srinagar to take an account of the current situation in the valley, reported ANI.

6:15 pm: Kashmiris protest in Srinagar against the terror attack on Amarnath yatra pilgrims. Watch video.


6:10 pm: The Central government has announced Rs 7 lakh compensation to the next of kin and Rs 1 lakh each for injured.

6:05 pm: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Amarnath yatra pilgrims attack that took place on July 10 at Anantnag, says India Today report.

6:00 pm: According to India Today, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy chief minsiter Nirmal Kumar Singh has said that the officials are probing the lapse in the security which led to the attack on the Amarnath yatra pilgrims on July 10.

5: 55 pm: Security arrangements have been increased on the yatra routes in the Valley and Army Chief Bipin Rawat has headed to Kashmir to take an account of the situation, reported India Today.

5:50 pm: France condemns the attack that on 10th July claimed the lives of several pilgrims who were travelling to the Amarnath shrine, ANI quoted an official statement.

5:40 pm: Several parties including the Samajwadi Party is seeking Governor’s rule in Kashmir after yesterday’s terrorist attack on Amarnath yatra pilgrims.

5:35 pm: The mortal remains of two Amarnath Yatra pilgrims who lost their lives yesterday were brought to Palghar in Maharashtra, reported ANI.

5:30 pm: Getting into a Twitter banter with an author an freelance writer who used cuss words and questioned the spirit of Kashmiriyat asking to drag those cowards out and cull them, Home Minister Ranjnath Singh said its absolutely his job to ensure peace and tranquility in all parts of the country. All Kashmiris are not terrorists.

5:22 pm: “Shocking and sad. Why did it happen when security forces are everywhere? Government must explain,” Former Defense Minister AK Antony told ANI.

5:17 pm: Speaking to Times Now, Congress leader AK Antony asked the Central government about why the attack happened if there were security forces everywhere. Watch this


5: 12 pm: According to Indian Express, the bus carrying which was Amarnath pilgrims came under attack twice, Jammu-Kashmir police said in a report submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday’s terror strike.

5:08 pm: Bhutan strongly condemns the terrorist attacks on Amarnath Yatris, MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay quoted Foreign Minister H.E. Lyonpo Damcho Dorji saying.

4:57 pm: Mauritius strongly condemns the attack on Indian pilgrims returning from Amarnath, says that it stands with India at its moment of grief: said MEA official spokesperson, Gopal Baglay.

4:53 pm: Expressing his grief on the brutal attack by terrorists on Amarnath pilgrims on Monday evening in Anantnag, actor Anupam Kher took to Twitter and said, “It not Murder. It is not Militancy. It is #TERRORISM. #AmarnathTerrorAttack.”

4:45 pm: President Pranab Mukherjee has recently took to Twitter to strongly condemns yesterday’s attack on Amarnath pilgrims. He wrote: “Strongly condemn attack on Amarnath Yatris in J & K ; grieve the loss of innocent lives.”

4:40 pm: Here’s what the Amarnath yatra pilgrim from Bengaluru has to say after yesterday’s horrific terrorist attack in Anantnag. Watch video.


4:38 pm: According to ANI, the Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti called CM Devendra Fadnavis to express grief over killing of Amarnath Pilgrims from Maharashtra in terror attack.

4:33 pm: Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has recently announced Rs 10 lakhs each to next of kin of pilgrims from Maharashtra who lost their lives in Amarnath terrorist attack, reported ANI.

4:30 pm: The Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to give Rs 3 lakh as an award to the bus drive Saleem Saikh who saved lives of several Amarnath pilgrims during the terrorist attack yesterday.

4:25 pm: In Delhi, security has been specifically beefed up in areas of north and northeast Delhi, from where Kanwars (devotees of lord Shiva) started arriving in the city

4:22 pm: Meanwhile, massive protests rocked Jammu division today against the terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims with protestors blocking highways at several places in Jammu, Udhampur, Kathua and Samba districts. The protests were held by various parties including the Congress, JKNPP, Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena. Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G A Mir strongly condemned the attack and described it as shocking and highly shameful.

4:17 pm: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh: I strongly condemn the attack on Amarnath Yatris. It is a heinous act done by Pakistan-supported terrorists. It is a cowardly and shameful act by terrorists on innocent and unarmed pilgrims.

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4:12 pm: Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh & Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir will meet J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti today.  Ministers will also hold a security review meeting.

4:08 pm: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina denounced the dastardly terror attack that killed seven Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir and reaffirmed Bangladesh’s pledge to work with India in fighting extremism. “I am deeply shocked to learn about the dastardly terror attack on a bus carrying pilgrims to Amarnath in Jammu and Kashmir that killed several pilgrims, including women, and injuring many others on Monday,” she said in a letter sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

4:05 pm: Here are some latest visuals from the valley where security has been tightened up in Anantnag and nearby areas.

(Source: ANI)

3:55 pm: As per ANI, the MEA department has said that Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina has written to Narendra Modi condemning the dastardly Amarnath terror attack and had conveyed condolences of government and people of Bangladesh.

3:45 pm: Watch BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s reaction here

3:35 pm: Sri Lankan Prime Minsiter Ranil Wickremesinghe took to Twiiter and expressed his grief over the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims. He wrote: “Sri Lanka condemns the attack on peaceful pilgrims – Amarnath Yatris. Thoughts and prayers are with the families and your nation Narendra Modi.”

3:25 pm: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Nepal has also condemned the terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims. Taking to Twitter it wrote: “Strongly condemn the attack on convey of yatris returning from Amarnath. Our thought and prayers on those departed innocent souls n injured.”

3:20 pm: It is being reported that Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has recently chaired a cabinet and security meeting to take an account of the situation in the Valley.

3:15 pm: Further hitting out at the Central government, Raut also said, Sarkar ne kaha tha notebandi ka asar Kashmir mein aatank pe padega, lekin aisa hua nhi,na surgical strike ka asar hua. (Government claimed that the demonetisation will reduce terrorism in Kashmir, but this did not happen. Neither there was any effect of the surgical strike).

3:10 pm: Speaking on the issue, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told ANI, “Sirf ninda karne se kuch nahi hoga, aatankwadiyon ko sabak sikhane ki zarurat hai (Nothing will happen from criticising the act, we need to teach a lesson to these terrorists).

3:05 pm: Speaking to news agency ANI, the US Ambassador to India said, “We deplore attack on Amarnath pilgrims and condemn all acts of terrorism. Deepest condolences to families and those affected.”

2:58 pm: A day after the tragic Amarnath terrorist attack took place, Army Chief Bipin Rawat took stock of situation and was being briefed by Northern Army Commander, reported Times Now.

2:53 pm: The House passed the resolution after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath informed members about the incident and said the terrorist attack was condemnable.

2.48 pm: The Uttar Pradesh Assembly today passed a unanimous resolution condemning the terror attack on Amarnath yatra pilgrims, reported ANI.

2.46 pm: Speaking to ANI, German Envoy to India, Martin Ney, said, “Strongly condemn yesterday’s Amarnath terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir. My deepest condolences to families of victims.”

2:43 pm: “Such wanton acts of violence can have no justification. The perpetrators and those who support and shelter them should be punished for this crime against humanity,” the vice-president added further.

2:38 pm: “I’m shocked to learn of the dastardly terrorist attack on Amarnath yatra in Jammu and Kashmir which has resulted in loss of lives and injuries to pilgrims,” Ansari said.

2:30 pm: Vice President Hamid Ansari today expressed shock at the “dastardly” attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir. In his message, he condoled the families of the deceased and said perpetrators of such “wanton” acts of violence should be punished for the “crime against humanity”.

2:25 pm: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday condemned Monday’s terror attack in Anantnag and paid their condolences to the families of the victims.Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal described the attack as very dastardly and cruel.

2:20 PM: Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh today asked the pilgrims from across the country to continue with their plans of Amarnath pilgrimage, saying the state government was alert to the situation.

2:17 PM: “I want to assure the nation that Jammu and Kashmir government is alert. We are not taking any chances,” Singh said.

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2:15 pm: As many as 21,000 paramilitary personnel in addition to state police forces have been deployed for security of the pilgrimage routes. The number of paramilitary personnel deployed this year is 9,500 more than last year.

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2:12 PM: Condemning the terror attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday hit out at Pakistan and said that groups there are behind the attack.

2:10 PM: Maharashtra Govt has made arrangements for helicopter to bring back the mortal remains of 2 Amarnath Pilgrims to Dahanu from Surat, says CMO Maharashtra.

2:07 PM: Centre needs to answer, why despite intelligence inputs precautionary measures were not taken, says Sitaram Yechury.

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2:05 pm: They have attacked the Kashmiriyat of India.Innocent bhajan singing devotees were killed. Security forces are taking action, says RS Prasad.

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2:02 PM: Amarnath Yatra is a symbol of Kashmiriyat, so this attack is cowardly and highly condemnable: Ravi Shankar Prasad,Union Minister

1:58 PM: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, top officials of the home ministry, intelligence agencies and central paramilitary forces attended the meeting.Issues like security of Amarnath pilgrims and how to prevent such possible attacks in the future were discussed threadbare.

1:55 PM: Home Minister Rajnath Singh today reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and ordered enhanced security for Amarnath pilgrimage in the wake of the killing of seven devotees in a terror strike.

1:52 PM: The home minister took stock of the prevailing situation in Kashmir Valley, particularly the two routes to the shrine, located in the Himalayas at an altitude of 12,756 feet during the hour-long meeting, official sources told PTI

1:50 pm: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das has condemned the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag, terming it as a highly cowardly act. “The terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims is a highly cowardly act. The terrorists will not be spared for this inhuman act,” Das said yesterday.

1:47 pm: Attack on Amarnath pilgrims: Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat arrives in Srinagar to take stock of security situation.

1:45 pm: The US today deplored the attack on Amarnath pilgrims and said it condemned all acts of terrorism. It also extended its “deepest” condolences to the families and “all those affected”.

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1:42 pm: “We deplore the attack on Amarnath pilgrims and condemn all acts of terrorism. Deepest condolences to the families & all those affected,” the US ambassador’s official Twitter post said.

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1:40 pm: “We have been deeply pained by the incident and the entire nation is in shock over it. The incident is unfortunate. I want to salute the people of Jammu and Kashmir, that all the sections of the state condemned the attack,” Rajnath Singh said.

1:39 pm: God gave me strength to keep moving, and I just did not stop, says Salim.

1:37 pm: As firing continued, I decided not to stop the bus, says Salim who is the bus driver.

1:35 pm: He further said that the government had put all its efforts to bring out security, but the bus that was attacked by the terrorists was commuting separately and not with the convoy.

1:33 pm: “Their registration was also not done with the security forces. Now people cannot celebrate their religious traditions freely. The government needs to take a stand for a permanent solution, or such incidences will continue to take place,” he asserted.

1:30 pm: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue M.G. Vaidya on Tuesday said that in a place where Kashmiri Pandits could not live, there Hindus are certainly living an insecure life.

1:27 pm: “I am not shocked over the incident (terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims). In the valley, with around four to five lakh people, where Kashmiri Pandits cannot live, there the life of a Hindu is not secure as well,” Vaidya told ANI.

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1:25 pm: Amarnath attack: Government should introspect on reasons for security failure despite advance information, says opposition

1:22 pm: Surat- Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani meets Amarnath Yatra pilgrims injured in terrorist attack yesterday

1:17 pm: MoS PMO Dr Jitendra Singh and MoS Home Hansraj Ahir to leave for Srinagar shortly

1:15 PM: People from Gujarat who have lost lives will get Rs 10 lakh each from Gujarat Govt, injured to be given Rs 2 lakh, says Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani.

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1:10 pm: Want to thank the bus driver who saved many lives. Gujarat government will award the bus driver, says Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.

1:05 pm: Mortal remains of Amarnath Yatra pilgrims who lost their lives, brought to Surat, Gujarat.

1:02 pm: Even when there were intelligence inputs well in advance, why was there a failure in preventing this attack: GN Azad of Congress.

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1:00 pm: 18 opposition parties pass a resolution condemning the terror attack on Amarnath yatris.

12:55 pm: BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav today said all steps would be taken to ensure there are no more terror attacks on Amarnath pilgrims.

12:53 pm: Madhav, the party’s point person on Jammu and Kashmir, said the security forces’ operation against terrorists would continue and all efforts made to ensure that the Amarnath yatra passes off peacefully.

12:50 pm: Various political parties have called for a shutdown across Jammu and Kashmir in view of yesterday’s terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims. Several parties, including the National Panthers Party (NPP), the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), the National Conference and the Congress called for a shutdown to protest the killings.

12:45 pm: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today strongly condemned the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag in which seven persons were killed and several injured.

12:40 pm:  NC leader Devendra Rana said that it is a nefarious design by certain forces to disturb the traditional foundation of secularism in Jammu and Kashmir.

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12:37 pm: “This is a very unfortunate act and a conspiracy against the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir and the nation,” Rana said.

12:35 pm: Yatra should continue but such an attack should not take place again. I think Governor’s rule should be imposed in Jammu and Kashmir, says Karan Singh of Congress.

12:30 pm: I see no step other than imposition of Governor’s rule in the prevailing situation, this is my individual opinion, says Karan Singh of Congress.

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12:23 pm: The National Conference (NC) on Tuesday said terrorism has no religion, and added that everyone should come together, irrespective of political ideologies, to eradicate this menace.

12:18 pm: “Terrorism does not have a place in a civilized society. Terrorists and terrorism have no religion and we should all come together irrespective of political ideologies to eradicate it,” National Conference leader Devendra Rana told ANI.

12:15 PM: There has been no lapse, adequate security has been given, ‘yatra’ has been peaceful for last 15 days, says Ram Madhav.

12:10 pm: This shouldn’t be called lapse. Security forces have to succeed 100/100 times, terrorists can execute attack even if succeed once: R Madhav

12:05 pm: Pained at the loss of lives of Amarnath Yatra pilgrims, want to salute people of Kashmir that all sections of the society condemned it, says Home Minister Rajnath Singh

12:00 pm: My mother had mentioned that stones were pelted on the bus a few days before the attack, had asked her to return home then itself, says Victim’s son

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11:58 am: Condemning Monday’s terrorist attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims, the Congress Party on Tuesday described it as a serious security lapse on part of the government and security forces.

11:53 am: “Are we again going to brush aside such an important issue in the garb of meetings and inquires, or are we going to take decisive action to punish the guilty and to cleanse all terrorists who have dared to attack this most holy of the yatras in the country,” Randeep Surjewala said.

11:50 am: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today summoned an emergency meeting of her cabinet to review the security situation across the state post Monday’s terror attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims.

11:45 am: Mehbooba called on security forces and the Jammu and Kashmir Police to act swiftly and nab the perpetrators so that stern message went out to anti-social elements that severe and punitive action can be taken against them if they went against the law.

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11:40 am: Silence observed at the opposition leaders’ meeting at the Parliament over terrorist attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims.

11:35 am: Targeting the government, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep S Surjewala said the attack was a matter of serious security lapse on the part of the government and security forces.

11:30 am: The bus, which was fired upon by terrorists in Kashmir killing seven pilgrims, was not registered with the Amarnath Shrine Board and plying without any security cover long after the evening deadline fixed for the vehicles carrying Amarnath ‘yatris’, he said.

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11:27 am: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has hit out at the government over the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims, terming it a “grave and unacceptable security lapse” and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to accept responsibility.

11:23 am: “This is a grave and unacceptable security lapse. The PM needs to accept responsibility and never allow it to happen again… India will never be intimidated by these terrorist cowards,” Gandhi said in tweets.

11:20 am: Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra has condemned the attack and requested government to increase protection in disturbed areas for citizens going for pilgrimage.

11:15 am: CRPF Inspector General (Operations) Zulfiqar Hasan on Tuesday assured that the investigation of the terror attack on the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims is being investigated and that the Yatra will go on peacefully.

11:10 am: Indian-American Congressman from Illinois, Raja Krishnamoorthi also condemned the terror attack.

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11:05 am: “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims in Amarnath and their families. Terrorism has no place in our world,” Krishnamoorthi said.

11:00 am: Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party holds protest in Jammu over attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims.

10:57 am: Veteran actor Anupam Kher tweeted, It is not Murder. It is not Militancy. It is terrorism.

10:55 am: Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar, Shekhar Kapur and Farhan Akhtar, among others, were saddened and appalled by Monday evening terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims.

10:55 am: National Security Adviser Ajit Doval attended Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s meeting in Delhi.

10:50 am: Strongly condemn the attack on convey of yatris returning from Amarnath. Our thought and prayers on those departed innocent souls and injured, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal writes on its official Twitter handle.

10:45 am:  Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and deputy CM Nirmal Singh met pilgrims injured in Srinagar.

10:40 am: Yesterday, the Union Home Minister had spoken to Governor Vohra and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and assured full assistance to the injured. The Home Minister also spoke to the Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police.

10:37 am: Delhi Police issued a high security across national capital New Delhi on Tuesday, hours after seven Amarnath Yatra pilgrims were killed and 15 others were injured in terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag District.

10:35 am: Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is chairing a high-level security review meeting at his residence in Delhi in the regard.

10:30 am: I feel sad about the dastardly act of terrorists killing the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims. It is an act against humanity. It brings a bad name to the state of Kashmir and nobody can approve such heinous crimes against pilgrims. No religion accepts this. Terrorists, as we say, have no religion. I condemn the incident and condole the death of the pilgrims and convey my heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families.

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10:25 am: I hope the pilgrims will cooperate by giving advance intimation, information and also follow the protocol of security so that they are all secured.

10:20 am: The information that is available is that that the bus was not registered with the shrine board, nor was there any security with the bus. However, the administration is probing the matter and something can be said once the final report comes.

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10:15 am: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Governor N N Vohra paid tribute to Amarnath yatra terror attack victims, as per report.

10:12 am: The Centre on Tuesday appealed to all pilgrims undertaking the pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave shrine to follow existing safety protocols and to cooperate with the administration.

10:10 am: Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu said he was confident that the state government and central security forces are making all arrangements for the safety and security of the pilgrims.

10:05 am: BJP president Amit Shah postpones his Gujarat visit scheduled for today, in view of Amarnath Terror Attack.

10:00 am: Condemning the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir, a top Hindu-American body in the US has urged the Trump administration to clampdown on Pakistan for supporting terrorist groups carrying out attacks in India.

9:55 am: “This was an unconscionable attack on innocent pilgrims exercising their most fundamental and basic rights to freedom of religion,” said Hindu American Foundation (HAF) board member Rajiv Pandit.

9:50 am: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has called a cabinet meeting today.

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9:45 am: If there were intelligence inputs on 25th June that Amarnath Yatra would be attacked, why no preventive measures were taken?: RS Surjewala

9:40 am: This is an act against humanity, condemn the incident. J&K Government has ordered an inquiry, says Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu.

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9:35 am: This is a matter of serious security lapse on the part of Government and security forces, says RS Surjewala of Congress.

9:30 am: Attack on Amaranth yatra pilgrims carried out by LeT, masterminded by Pakistan terrorist Ismail says IG Kashmir Muneer Khan to ANI

9:10 am: MHA officials including MoS Home Hansraj Ahir and JS Kashmir Gyaneshwar Kumar to visit Srinagar, today.

9:05 am: A helicopter sent by Ministry of Home Affairs to airlift bodies of those killed in the attack to Surat, has reached Srinagar.

9:00 am: Bodies of seven Amarnath pilgrims killed in terror attack in Kashmir and 19 injured airlifted to New Delhi.

8:52 am: Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra has called for a meeting in Srinagar.

8:45 am: High level meet to take place at 9:45 am at Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s residence, over attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir, as per ANI report.

8:22 am: Fresh batch of pilgrims have left for the holy Amarnath cave shrine, as per ANI report.

8:20 am: It’s being investigated by Jammu and Kashmir police. Yatra is going on, we will ensure that it goes on peacefully, says Zulfiqar Hasan, IG (Operations), CRPF.

8:15 am: Security has been tightened in Anantnag. IG (Operations), CRPF Zulfiqar Hasan reached the spot.

8:12 am: Deeply saddened at loss of innocent lives. My thoughts & prayers are with bereaved family members and those injured, says MeiraKumar

8:10 am: Strongly condemn attack on Amarnath Yatris in J&K; grieve the loss of innocent lives, tweets President Mukherjee.

8:05 am: It has been learned that mobile data services have been stopped in Jammu except for only BSNL broadband services which was working with a speed limit, as per ANI report.

The attack on Amarnath yatra, second since August 2000, drew strong reactions from every sections across India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a strong message saying India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks and the evil designs of hate. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that it was a brazen attack on Kashmir and Kashmiriyat. Five of those killed were from Gujarat and two from Maharashtra, as per reports. Meanwhile, it has been learned that the bus and its passengers had not followed a single security advisory issued by the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the CRPF, according to Indian Express.

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    Raies Hamid A Kashmiri
    Jul 11, 2017 at 8:24 pm
    Unite for such attacks. It is the act against humanity. My Allah rest them peace.
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    Sayed
    Jul 11, 2017 at 1:10 pm
    Hindu brothers should also realize terrorism is bad, they should kick out Hindu terrorists who killed innocent Muslims in Gujarat, Muzaffar Nagar etc. Otherwise terrorists will keep sowing the seed of venom and innocents from both the communities will suffer. Kick BJP out which support hatred spreading terrorists.
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    Vinitsharma
    Jul 11, 2017 at 12:35 pm
    Govt is trying to protect kashmiris who may face wrath in mainland. Hence labelled the terrorist involved as Pakistani. Without kashmiris support Pakistani can not do this.
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