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The Amarnath yatra is a symbol of Jammu and Kashmir's composite culture and the perpetrators of the attack on pilgrims stand exposed before the people of the state, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh said today, news agency PTI reported. "This yatra itself is a symbol of Kashmir's composite tradition. This is a yatra where people of one faith undertake the pilgrimage and the people of the other faith act as hosts. I think this is one of the most distinct examples," Mr Singh said.
BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav today ruled out security lapse behind the attack on Amarnath yatra pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir, news agency IANS reported. "There has been no lapse, adequate security has been provided. The yatra had been peaceful for the last 15 days," Mr Madhav said. He said the security forces have to succeed each time, while terrorists succeed even if they get a single chance. "The security forces have to be successful 100 out of 100 times. But the terrorists win even if they succeed in striking once," Mr Madhav said.
A team from the centre, visiting Jammu and Kashmir to assess security measures for Amarnath yatra pilgrims, will submit a report to Home Minister Rajnath Singh after returning to Delhi, people familiar with the matter said, news agency PTI reported. Union ministers Hansraj Ahir and Jitendra Singh, and other members of the team attended a meeting with top civil and security officials in Srinagar, PTI reported. They met with Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
Sadhus walk on a road at Chandanwari in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district. (AFP)
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today condemned the "dastardly" terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir. In a statement, he said the people of India were together against elements who were trying to destabilise the country, news agency PTI reported.
Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today said the attack on Amarnath yatra pilgrims was a "grave security lapse" which occurred despite intelligence inputs. "I condemn strongly the attack on Amarnath pilgrims, in which devotees have been killed. It is a cowardly act to target peaceful pilgrims," Mr Gehlot tweeted.
Strongly condemn dastardly killing of Amarnath pilgrims in #Anantnag, my govt extends all help to injured, tighter security needed for Yatra- Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) July 10, 2017
#AmarnathYatra must continue with heightened security. Nefarious designs of terrorists must be defeated. India will never be bogged down.- Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) July 11, 2017
Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, who arrived in Jammu and Kashmir today, condemned the terrorist attack on Amarnath yatra pilgrims. He said the security forces will counter this menace with greater resolve.
The centre today announced compensation of Rs 7 lakh for the next of kin of the Amarnath pilgrims killed in the Anantnag terror attack, and Rs 1 lakh for the injured, news agency PTI reported. A Home Ministry spokesperson said compensation will be given to the victims of yesterday's terror attack as early as possible.
The Jammu and Kashmir government and the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board or SASB today separately announced rewards totalling Rs 5 lakh for Sheikh Saleem Gafoor Bhai, a bus driver who drove on through a hail of bullets and didn't stop until he spotted an army camp. The Jammu and Kashmir cabinet, which met under the chairpersonship of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, sanctioned a reward of Rs 3 lakh for Mr Bhai for exemplary alertness and courage, news agency PTI reported. Governor NN Vohra, in his capacity as chairperson of the SASB, announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh for the driver, PTI reported.
The Shiv Sena today condemned the attack on Amarnath pilgrims, news agency PTI reported. "This attack was not only on pilgrims going for the Amarnath yatra but on the entire country and the government in Delhi," Shiv Sena Member of Parliament Sanjay Raut told reporters in Mumbai. "Merely condemning the incident will not suffice. It is now high time that this is given a befitting reply," he said.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh today condemned the terrorist attack on Amarnath yatris in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district, news agency PTI reported. "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," Mr Singh said in a statement today.
Germany resolutely stands by India in the fight against terrorism and extremism, said the German Ambassador to India
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".
He said India remains united in the face of such attacks. "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," he said.
"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," Mr Ansari said.
They have attacked the Kashmiriyat of India. Innocent bhajan singing devotees were killed. Security forces are taking action: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
As a group of terrorists surrounded a bus with 56 Amarnath pilgrims on Monday night and fired indiscriminately, driver Sheikh Salim Gafoor Bhai kept driving. In inky darkness, he drove on through the hail of bullets to safety.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced that: "People from Gujarat who have lost lives will get Rs 10 lakh each from Gujarat government, injured to be given Rs 2 lakh"
He also thanked the bus driver for saving lives of people even when there was firing going on. Will nominate his name for bravery award.
The state's Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath chaired a high-level meeting around midnight where he took stock of the security situation and directed officials to spruce up intelligence network.
Officials from all the security agencies present, the CRPF, Army and the Jammu and Kashmir police. Heads of security forces include General officer Commanding (GoC) of Srinagar-based Army's 15 Corps, Inspector General Kashmir police, Divisional Commissioner of the dicision, IG CRPF.
"Yes, definitely this is a big lapse. We have to enquire why the bus left at 5pm, why it was allowed after sunset. We were told there was a tyre burst and the driver took time to replace it," the Deputy Chief Minister said.
Making it clear that the 40-day Amarnath Yatra will not be cancelled despite the massive terror attack, Dr Singh further told NDTV, "It is the design of terrorists to scare people, but people must come for the Yatra."
DG CRPF, who reached Srinagar early in the morning, is attending security review meeting under the chairmanship of Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. Thereafter, DG CRPF will visit the site and have review meetings with CRPF officials and local police.
Mehbooba Mufti hugged a family member of one of those injured in terror attack on Amarnath yatris
All the victims are being flown in a special air force plane to Surat in Gujarat today. It will reach there around 1 pm. The state's Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel will be at the airport.
National Security Adviser Doval, Intelligence Bureau Chief Rajiv Jain, and Home Secretary are present at Home Minister Rajnath Singh's residence for meeting on attack on Amarnath Yatris in Anantnag
Highly painful, condemnable & dastardly act of brutality on innocent pilgrims....by brutes filled with hatred.
Hope wish and pray that the effect and impact of this horrible & cowardly attack on our people and paramilitary forces does not go far
- Shatrughan Sinha, Member of Parliament from Patna
The attack on #AmarnathYatra pilgrims is an affront on India. It is an abhorring & condemnable act and should be dealt with firmness.
- Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam Minister
Very painful that pilgrims who had gone to pray at Amarnath had to lose their lives in a terror attack! Barbaric & dastardly act!
- Sambit Patra, BJP spokesperson
Killing of Amarnath pilgrims is cowardly act which is condemnable. I am saddened & convey my condolences to d bereaved families.
- Sharad Yadav, Rajya Sabha member
BREAKING NEWS: Attack on Amaranth pilgrims carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba, masterminded by Pakistani terrorist Ismail, Inspector General of Kashmir Muneer Khan tells news agency ANI
All educational institutes closed in Jammu for two days. Jammu's political parties, chamber of commerce have called for a bandh.
Condemnation poured in from across the country after a terrorist attack killed seven Amarnath Yatra pilgrims and left 12 injured. Leader of the opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the attack was an unforgivable act by the terrorists.
Terrorist attack on #AmarnathYatra is the most reprehensible act. My condolences to the bereaved families.(1/2)- Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) July 10, 2017
This incident should add to our determination to eliminate terrorism. (2/2)- Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) July 10, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a series of tweets, expressed sharp condemnation for the attack. " India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks and the evil designs of hate," he wrote. PM Modi, who spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Governor and Chief Minister, also assured all possible assistance required.
Pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath Yatris in J&K. The attack deserves strongest condemnation from everyone.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 10, 2017
My thoughts are with all those who lost their loved ones in the attack in J&K. My prayers with the injured.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 10, 2017