Published On: Tue, Jul 11th, 2017

Amarnath Attacked Bus Flouted Safety Rules: Security Officials

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The bus with licence plate GJ09Z 9976 is said to had flouted safety rules and was attacked by terror militants on Monday in Anantnag that left seven pilgrims dead and many others injured.

Security forces cover the Jammu-Srinagar Highway in south Kashmir from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the Amarnath yatra and all the vehicles have definite time schedules to move carrying pilgrims.

Amarnath Attacked Bus Flouted Safety Rules- Security Officials

The attacked bus was carrying sixty pilgrims and was expected to reach the destination before 7 p.m. by covering about 100 kilometers. Covering some 50 kilometers the driver discovered a puncture at Sangam. He stopped the vehicle to replace the flat tyre.

Security officials said the attack could have been escaped if the bus had not stalled due to a tyre puncture. The driver followed an irresponsible act by not following the rules and exposing the pilgrims.

A top security official meanwhile reveals the bus was not registered with the Amarnath Shrine Board and had not adhered to the security detail.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the security situation of the state.

Following the attack, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat held several meetings in Srinagar with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Governor NN Vohra and others.

Meanwhile, security agencies name Abu Ismail as mastermind of the attack.

Ismail is Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander. He is a Pakistani national and is successor of slain commander of the group, Abu Dujana.

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