CM Naveen condemns terror attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims

Bhubaneswar/Anantnag: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today strongly condemned the terror attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag in which seven pilgrims lost their lives and 14 others including security personnel were injured.

Taking to twitter, Patnaik said, “Strongly condemn horrific attack on #AmarnathYatra pilgrims by terrorists at Anantnag. Such dastardly act should not go unpunished.”

Apart from the Chief Minister, BJD MP from Kendrapara Baijayant Panda also condemned the attack on the Amarnath Yatris and termed it ‘despicable beyond words’.

In a twitter message, the MP wrote, “AmarnathAttack is despicable beyond words. You’ve made your bed terrorists & yr sympathisers, now prepare to lie in it. India will respond.”

During the Amarnath Yatra on Monday, seven pilgrims were killed and 14 others were injured, including policemen, when a bus of yatris was caught in a cross fire between militants and a police party in south Kashmir district of Anantnag.

The bus was attacked in Batengoo at around 8.20 pm while returning from Baltal to Mir Bazar after darshan. The militants also carried out two attacks on security forces in the area, sources said.

The last known terror attack on the Amarnath Yatra was the killing of 30 persons, mostly pilgrims, in the base camp in Pahalgam in 2000.