Governor NN Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti have announced a reward of Rs.5 lakh for Salim Sheikh, the bus driver who showed the presence of mind and sped the bus full of Amarnath pilgrims in South Kashmir on Monday.
Vohra announced a reward of Rs.2 lakh from the Shrine Board for the driver for showing the presence of mind and not stopping the vehicle during the terrorist attack. Mehbooba while presiding over a meeting of the state cabinet announced another cash award of Rs.3 lakh for the driver.
The state cabinet sanctioned Rs.6 Lakh in favor of next of kin of those killed, Rs.2 lakh to the grievously injured and Rs.1 lakh to the injured in the incident.
Separately, Governor Vohra, Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, announced relief of Rs.5 lakh to the next of kin of those killed in the incident, Rs.1.5 lakh to those who had suffered grievous injuries and Rs.75,000 for those with minor injuries.
The state cabinet which met at Srinagar under the chairmanship of Mehbooba condemned in unequivocal terms the terrorist attack on the pilgrims and described it an attack on Kashmiri’s syncretic culture and pluralistic values.
Taking note of the outrage caused by the dastardly act across the state and the country, and widespread and intense expression of concern and regret, the Cabinet observed that such cowardly attacks will only strengthen the resolve of the Government and the society to fight violence with renewed commitment and vowed that such acts which strike at the roots of Kashmir's value system and traditional ethos will not be tolerated. The Cabinet took note of the fact that the people of the State have with one voice condemned the dastardly act.
Mehbooba telephoned the Chief Ministers of Maharashtra and Gujarat and conveyed her deep sympathies to them on the death of seven pilgrims.