The J&K government on Friday curtailed the Amarnath Yatra and asked vacant the state immediately after the Army revealed intelligence inputs confirming the possibility of a terror attack.
In view of the threat of terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, the Amarnath Yatra has been stopped 13 days earlier. The Home Minister Department has issued an order asking the pilgrims and tourists of Shri Amarnath in Kashmir to return to their homes as soon as possible keeping in view the existing law system.
According to the latest information, this step has been taken after finding sniper on the route. The Amarnath Yatra, which started on July 1 and would have ended on August 15, was earlier suspended till August 4 in view of inclement weather forecast in the Valley.
While issuing an order based on Intelligence input, the Jammu and Kashmir Police has expressed the possibility of terrorist attack. This announcement came hours after the Indian Army told that it had information that neighbor country Pakistan was planning to disrupt the annual pilgrimage.
However, the pilgrims who came to the Kashmir Valley and all the pilgrims who were going to join the trip have been implicated by the police. At the same time, the Amarnath Yatra has been stopped and orders have been issued to make the tourists return home.Also, no official confirmation on when will the pilgimage of Amarnath Yatra to begin from have been announced, but the concerned officials have said that the annual pilgrimage to Shri Amarnath is being discontinued till further orders.
Security Advisory has been issued to all the major departments in the state. Jammu-Kashmir Governor, Jammu-Kashmir DGP and Tourism Department have also been briefed about this.
The annual pilgrimage to Shri Amarnath was suspended almost four days also the pilgrims have not been allowed to go ahead with the route of Baltal and Pahalgam today.
2017 Terror Attack on Amarnath Yatra
The Amarnath Yatra attack on 2019 reminded the people of the gunshots fired on the bus passengers during the 2017 Amarnath Yatra. In 2017, seven passengers were killed and more than 19 were injured in the terrorist attack on the bus of Amarnath in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag. The pilgrims mostly belonged to the Indian state of Gujarat. Seven people were killed and at least 18 people were injured in the attack. Salim, the only man who showed courage and saved life of some pilgrims.
Recalling the attack, driver Saleem said that firing was being done from all four sides. God gave courage and I kept on walking. According to the statement of passengers who were onboard the bus, their bus was punctured 2 km away from Anantnag, which was delayed in terms of repairing.
According to one passenger of the bus, they were in the number of 5-6 . Our driver Salim did not stop the bus while showing courage. It is a miracle that seven people were killed and many survived.
Previous Incidents related to Amarnath Yatra
• Due to the threat of terrorists, the annual pilgrimage
was stopped from 1991 to 1995.
• On 2 August 2000, Hizbul Mujahideen (designated a terrorist organisation by India, European Union and United States, massacred at least 32 people and injured at least 60 people in a two hour long indiscriminate shoot out at Nunwan base camp in Anantnag district, causing the death of 21 unarmed Hindu pilgrims and 7 unarmed Muslim shopkeepers, and 3 security force officers. This attack on Amarnath yatra was part of the larger 1st and 2nd August 2000 Kashmir massacre in 5 separate coordinated terrorist attacks that killed at least 89 (official count) to 105 people (as reported by PTI), and injured at least 62 more.
• On 20 July 2001, a terrorist threw two grenades and fired indiscriminately on a pilgrim night camp at Sheshnag Lake en route Amarnath shrine, killing at least 13 and injured another 15 people. Those killed included 5 unarmed Hindu male pilgrims, 3 unarmed Hindu female pilgrims, 3 unarmed Muslim civilians providing support services to pilgrims, and 2 security officials.
• On 6 August 2002, terrorists from al-Mansuriyan, a front group of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, massacred 9 pilgrims and injured 30 near Nunwan pilgrimage base camp.
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