Addressing the press on Tuesday, the Army chief General Bipin Rawat said that the security forces of India in Kashmir will hunt down the terrorist who are behind the “dastardly” attack on the innocent Amarnath Yatra pilgrims. He also has instructed his commanders to pursue a relentless pressure on the terrorist in counter-militancy as well as counter-infiltration operations.
General Rawat visited the attack site on Tuesday. The attack on the Amarnath Pilgrims at Anantnag district of Kashmir made the latest national news as 7 pilgrims were killed while 12 were injured. The army chief had some serious talks with the J&K Governor NN Vohra and the CM Mehbooba Mufti. He also addressed a security review meeting with his high ranked army official. State chief secretary BB Vyas and director general of police SP Vaid were also the part of the security review meeting.
The main custody of the security of Amarnath Yatra, where more than 2.5 lakh pilgrims come every year, is with central armed police forces (CAPFs) which have 300 companies (over 30,000 troops). However, this year, the army has also deployed five battalions including 5,000 soldiers for the security of the pilgrimage.
Three units of the Army safeguard NH-44 from Jawahar Tunnel to Srinagar and one unit each ensures safety at northern and southern routes, from Baltal and Chandanwari respectively, to the cave shrine.
Meanwhile, the survived Amarnath Yatra pilgrims have thanked their bus driver Saleem for making them out safe. As the fire broke, Saleem kept driving the bus to save as many lives as he could save.
However, the tragedy could have been saved if the driver has had followed the security restriction, i.e. no vehicle must be on road after 5 p.m.
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