1. Amarnath Yatra attack Live Updates: Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti says she hopes those involved will be arrested and punished soon

Amarnath Yatra attack Live Updates: Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti says she hopes those involved will be arrested and punished soon

Anantnag encounter: In a horrific turn to events, as many as 7 Amarnath yatris were killed in an encounter.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: July 11, 2017 1:41 AM
amarnath yatra attack, mehbooba mufti Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti meeting the injured Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in Anantnag Hospital. (ANI)

Here are the LIVE UPDATES from the Amarnath Yatra terror attack:

01:30 AM: An alert has been sounded in Gujarat after it was revealed that those killed in the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir belonged to Valsad district, reported news agency PTI.

01:15 AM: Separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir has condemned the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag district, saying the incident “goes against Kashmiri ethos”, reported PTI. According to the report, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik issued a joint statement on Monday night expressing grief over the killing. The statement mentioned that their heart goes out to the families of the bereaved and they express their heartfelt condolences, added the report.

01:00 AM: Amit Shah said that he has spoken to BJP District President and MLC from Anantnag and asked party karyakartas in Kashmir to help the pilgrims in need, as per ANI.

12:45 AM: BJP National President Amit Shah called the terror attack on Amarnatha Yatra pilgrim as a heinous act. As per news agency ANI, the BJP chief said he has no words to express his deep pain on the killing of innocent pilgrims travelling to the holy shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva.

12: 30 PM: Watch Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti meeting the injured Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in Anantnag Hospital.

12:20 PM: Watch Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti speaks on Anantnag terror attack targeting Amarnath Yatra pilgrims.

12:15 AM: In her reaction on Amarnath Yatra attack, the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said she has no words to condemn this, reported ANI. The CM, who reportedly visited Anantnag hospital to meet injured pilgrims, said she hopes that those involved will be arrested and punished soon, as per ANI.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. (ANI)

12:10 AM: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani condemned the attack on Amarnath Yatra Pilgrims. Talking to news agency ANI, the Gujarat CM said that he condemns the cowardly attack and added that India will never get bogged down by such acts. As per a PTI report, the pilgrims killed in Kashmir terror attack belonged to Gujarat.

12:01 AM: Watch scenes from the hospital in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag where injured Amarnath Yatra pilgrims have been admitted post the terror attack.

11:55 PM: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has reached the Anantnag hospital to meet injured Amarnath Yatra pilgrims post terror attack, reported ANI.

11: 45 PM: The youth president of PDP, Waheed Ur Rehman Para has called the terror attack on pilgrim Waheed Ur Rehman Para called Amarnath Yatra terror attack as an act to create communal tensions in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Talking to news ageny ANI, the Rehman para said that it is the darkest era they have seen in their life.

11: 35 PM: In the first reaction of a victim of the Amarnath Yatra terror attack to news agency ANI, the woman said that the pilgrims were sleeping in the bus when firing started from both the sides.

11: 30 PM: Visual from the hospital where injured Amarnath Yatra pilgrims have been admitted in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag post terror attack.

11:25 PM: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi expressed pain on the terror attack. In his series of tweets, Rahul Gandhi said, “I share the pain & anguish of families who lost loved ones in the terror attack on innocent Amarnath Yatris today. India will never be intimidated by these terrorist cowards. This is a grave & unacceptable security lapse. The PM needs to accept responsibility and never allow it to happen again”.

11:15 PM: Authorities on Monday suspended Internet services, including mobile and broadband, in the Kashmir Valley, as per a PTI report.

11:05 PM: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has also expressed sorrow over the attack targeting pilgrims returning from Amarnath Yatra, reported news agency ANI. According to the report, sh e has asked for an investigation into lapses in security.

11:00 PM: As per ANI, security increased at Jammu base camp following terror attack on the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in Anantnag. Checks are being conducted.

10:55 PM: The Minister of Finance, Defence and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley expressed his grief over the incident. He tweeted, “This incident should add to our determination to eliminate terrorism.” “Terrorist attack on #AmarnathYatra is the most reprehensible act. My condolences to the bereaved families,” he wrote further.

10:50 PM: “I have spoken to the Governor and Chief Minister of J&K and assured all possible assistance required,” PM Modi added.

10:46 PM: PM Narendra Modi in his reaction tonight on Twitter expressed his grief and pain in a series of tweets. He posted this message, “Pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath Yatris in J&K. The attack deserves strongest condemnation from everyone.” He added, “My thoughts are with all those who lost their loved ones in the attack in J&K. My prayers with the injured.”

10:30 PM: CPI leader Sitaram Yechury also express his grief over the terrorist attack. He took to Twitter and wrote: “We strongly condemn this attack. Our condolences to the families of the bereaved.”

10: 25 PM: Opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar has condemned the attack. She took to Twitter and said, “Any attack on the secular fabric of the nation is condemnable #AmarnathYatra.”

10: 20 PM: Here are the latest visuals from Anantnag attack site where 7 Amarnath yatra pilgrims are reportedly killed with many injured after terrorists attacked their bus in Batingu. Watch video.

10:15 PM: Security has been enhanced at Jammu-Srinagar National highway in Udhampur following terror attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in Anantnag, reported ANI.

Amarnath Yatra attack: In a horrific turn to events, as many as 7 Amarnath yatris were killed and as many as 32 injured in an encounter, according to India Today TV. PTI adds that 5 of them were women. There is no official confirmation as yet and Financial Express Online has not been able to confirm it independently. Times Now TV channel is saying that PDP has confirmed the attack has taken place. The channel has also indicated that the casualties are higher. The terrorist attack was on a bus carrying pilgrims. According to India Today TV, CRPF jawans have rushed to the spot. The channel is also saying that as many as three policemen are injured and that there are other yatris too who are on the injured list. The encounter took place in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. As per the report, a group of terrorists attacked the convoy. The terrorists escaped after the attack. Search operations are underway and the entire area has been cordoned off. The injured officials were immediately taken to the nearby hospitals and there has been no further update on their condition. India Today TV has also said that authorities have closed the Jammu Srinagar highway.

Times Now is saying that attacks were launched in as many as 2 places, but again there is no official confirmation available as yet.

Times Now has tweeted the initial reaction of MoS PMO Jitendra Singh and quoted him as saying, “This is not only attack on a particular faith, but attack on composite culture that Kashmir stood by.” He also added, “Composite culture of Kashmir is under assault. All of us have to ponder seriously.” However, there is still no official statement from authorities.

The Indian Express reported that the terrorists in the second attack targetted a police party in Bantigoo. In his reaction, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to say, “Very sad news. The attack cannot be condemned strongly enough. My sympathies to the families & prayers for the injured.” He posted another one that said, “The one thing we had all feared this year during the yatra. In spite of recent successes against militants & unprecedented force presence.”

(Image: Twitter)

The attack on Amarnath Yatris is happening on the day the Jammu and Kashmir Police said it had arrested 2 Lashkar-e-Taiba gunmen, including Sandeep Kumar Sharma alias Adil, who reportedly hails from Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, Indian Express said.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

’s reaction on the terror attack.

CNN News 18 reports that National Conference reacted by saying that attack was to vitiate situation in Jammu and Kashmir.  CNN News 18 also said that in his reaction, Mirwaiz said that pilgrims have and always will be respected guests.

According to CNN News 18, the bus is unregistered and was not part of the convoy.

At 8.20 pm today, the militants attacked an armoured car of the police, an official said. When the police fired back, the militants fled, firing indiscriminately, PTI quoted an official as saying. He added, “”In the firing by militants, seven people, five of them women, were killed, and another seven injured,” the official said.

PTI report added that the bus had come from Sonamarg. The pilgrims were on their way back after visiting the Amarnath shrine. The police claimed the bus driver had violated rules for the pilgrimage, which state that no yatra vehicle should be on a highway after 7 pm.

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