Seven Amarnath pilgrims from Gujarat were killed+ and 14 others injured when terrorists opened fire on a bus near Batengoo in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday.
Police sources said the terrorists initially attacked a police bunker in Batengoo. The fire was returned but there was no report of injuries. It was after that the bus was attacked. The bus was on way to Jammu from Baltal and was not part of a convoy, a police spokesman said.
Initial reports said the bus was not registered with the Amarnath shrine board and was travelling after permitted hours and therefore without adequate security.
Several political organisations, including the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party, the National Conference and the Congress called for a bandh in Jammu on Tuesday to protest the killings.
Senior Union home ministry officials are scheduled to visit J&K on Tuesday. They include minister of state for home Hansraj Ahir, and Kashmir joint secretary Gyaneshwar Kumar. J&K governor NN Vohra has also called for a meeting in Srinagar, said ANI. Separately, a high-level meet is scheduled for Tuesday 9:45 am at home minister Rajnath Singh’s residence to discuss the attack.