Prez asks J&K Guv to ensure guilty are brought to justice

Head of every Kashmiri hangs in shame over attack, says CM Centre, J&K govt announce compensation
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NEW DELHI
11 Jul 2017

Strongly condemning the attack on Amarnath yatris, President Pranab Mukhejree today asked the Jammu and Kashmir government and other agencies concerned to ensure that the guilty were brought to justice.

"Such senseless acts of terrorism targeting innocent lives is an attack on the democratic values of the society and deserve to be universally condemned. They must be met with determination and collective action," the President said in a message to Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra. He called upon the J&K government and all agencies concerned to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice and law and order is maintained in the state. Mukherjee has strongly condemned last night's terrorist attack on the Amarnath yatris, a press release issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan said. "I am deeply shocked and anguished to learn about the cowardly attack on Amarnath yatris in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir in which a number of innocent pilgrims lost their lives and several others were injured," he said.

The President said: "I am sure necessary steps are being taken to provide all possible aid to the bereaved families who have lost their near and dear ones as well as medical assistance to the injured". Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti today said the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag has shaken the edifice of Kashmiri ethos, terming it as a "blot on on all Muslims and Kashmiris". The chief minister, who had spent the night in a hospital in Anantnag where the injured were rushed on Monday, today paid floral tributes to those killed in the attack. Accompanied by deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh, she visited the Srinagar airport and consoled the bereaved families, expressing anguish over the incident, an official spokesman said.

"This act of violence has shaken the edifice of Kashmiri ethos and culture," she said. Earlier, Mehbooba and Singh visited the injured tourists at Srinagar and Anantnag and wished them a speedy recovery. She directed the hospital administrations at both the places to ensure best possible care to the injured. While visiting the injured in the hospital on Monday, the chief minister had said the head of every Kashmiri hangs in shame over the incident. "Pilgrims come to Kashmir every year for the yatra despite all difficulties. And seven people died today. I have no words to condemn it. I hope the security forces and the Jammu and Kashmir police arrest the perpetrators forthwith and take stern action against them," the chief minister had told reporters. "This incident is a blot on all Kashmiris and Muslims. We will not keep quite till we bring the culprits to book," Mehbooba had said. She had said efforts will be made to ensure that quick action is taken against the culprits and justice is done.

The Union government 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. A home ministry spokesperson said the compensation will be given to the victims of Monday's terror attack as early as possible. Altogether seven Amarnath pilgrims, including six women, were killed and 19 injured when terrorists attacked a bus in Kashmir's Anantnag district on Monday evening. All the victims were from Gujarat. The attack took place when they were returning to Jammu from Srinagar in a bus, after visiting the cave shrine of Lord Shiva, located in the Himalayas at an altitude of 12,756 feet.

The Jammu and Kashmir government and Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) today separately announced rewards totalling Rs five lakh for Sheikh Saleem Gafoor, the driver of the bus of Amarnath pilgrims which came under terror attack last night in Anantnag. The rewards have been announced for Gafoor for displaying exemplary alertness and courage by which he saved several lives as he continued to drive the bus in the midst of firing by the terrorists. The state government also announced ex-gratia compensation of Rs six lakh each to the kin of those killed, Rs two lakh for those seriously injured and Rs one lakh for those with minor injuries, an official spokesman said. The Governor also announced relief of Rs five lakh to the next of kin of those killed, Rs 1.50 lakh to those who suffered serious injuries and Rs 75,000 for those with minor injuries, the spokesman said.