The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday condemned the terrorist attack on Amarnath Yatris in Anantnag area of south Kashmir in which seven people lost their lives and said the Central government should review security measures during the ongoing pilgrimage in the valley.
Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh said intelligence agencies had already alerted the Centre about the possibility of such a terrorist attack on the Amarnath Yatra.
“The Central government should deliberate that instead of having prior information of such an attack, what were the lapses in the security set-up that led to the death of seven innocent pilgrims,” Singh said.
“If no Yatra bus was allowed to travel after 7 p.m. through that area,” Singh added, “why was this particular bus allowed and that too without a security cover. The bus was not even registered for Amarnath Yatra.”
At least seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 12 others injured, four of them critically, when a bus they were traveling in was caught in crossfire between militants and government forces in Khanabal area of Anantnag in South Kashmir on Monday evening, police said.
Calling the attack a cowardly act, Singh said such terror attacks on the yatra have been a consistent feature for a long time now.
“It is not the first time that such an attack was carried out on the Amarnath Yatra. Similar attacks were also made in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2015. And this time despite the deployment of an extra 40,000 security forces, the terrorists managed to carry out this dastardly act,” Singh said.
“As per the reports, it is Pakistan that is behind this terrorist attack, and the Centre should give a befitting reply to them,” Singh said, adding that AAP stands with the Centre in this hour of need.