According to the Jammu and Kashmir police, Amarnath attack in which seven pilgrims were killed and 19 others injured is one of the worst in Kashmir in recent times. The Police speculate that the attack might be a revenge after the announcement of Lashkar terrorist Sandeep Kumar Sharma’s arrest in Anantnag.
Though the investigation into the recent terrorist attack is still underway, the Jammu and Kashmir police are confident of Lashkar’s role in attacking the bus carrying pilgrims of Amaranth Yatra. The hunt for Abu Ismail, a Pakistan national and LeT commander in south Kashmir is on. According to reports, around two years back, the 26-year-old had infiltrated from Pakistan.
Tthe bus (GJ-09 Z 9976), ferrying Amarnath Yatra pilgrims was registered in Gujarat’s Sabarkantha district was without a police escort on the highway after 7 pm, reads a statement released by the Central Reserve Police Force.
With 60 pilgrims on board, the bus started its journey from Srinagar around 5 pm. The bus was to reach the destination before 7 pm but due to tyre puncture, the journey was delayed by one hour, which made the bus vulnerable and open to the security risk of travelling on the National Highway after 7 pm. The security cover for Amarnath Yatra convoys is withdrawn after 7 pm and no buses carrying pilgrims are supposed to commute on that way.
More than 100 empty cartridges were found at the attack site, indicating that the terrorists were well prepared for the attack. Terrorists came on two motorcycles and chased the bus at two points before escaping, informed the investigators.