The bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims to Jammu that was attacked by the militants killing 7 passengers on Monday flouted the security protocol by not getting itself registered with the Amarnath board says CRPF.

The attack on the bus that took place at around 08:30 PM on was carrying 17 pilgrims had no security cover as it was still on the highway post 7:00 PM when the security deployment for vehicles is lifted after fourteen hours of duty.

The private bus flouted all the security norms issued by Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPF.

“These yatris had not registered themselves, as is advised, and did not even become part of the yatra convoy, which is escorted by security forces, both to and from Amarnath, everyday. They also violated the 7 pm curfew on the movement of yatris,” said CRPF DG R R Bhatnagar reports a national daily.

Notably, the attack comes amid the extra tier of security deployment this year for the Amarnath pilgrims.

Earlier today, CRPF Inspector General (Operations) Zulfiqar Hasan asserted that Yatra “will go peacefully” as the investigations are still on to hatch the terror plot.

“The attack is being investigated by the Jammu and Kashmir Police. It will take some time but we will nab the culprits,” said Zulfiqar Hasan.

Meanwhile, a high-level meeting is slated to take place at Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s residence over the attack on Amarnath Yatra Pilgrims in J&K.

Rajnath Singh also called J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti in the wake of terror attack involving Amarnath pilgrims and assured her of all support.

First Published | 11 July 2017 9:49 AM
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