J&K police blames LeT for Amarnath attack

Agencies
Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Srinagar: Police on Tuesday blamed terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba for killing seven Amarnath pilgrims in south Kashmir's Anantnag district.

Kashmir police chief Munir Khan told reporters here that there were credible inputs that the LeT outfit was responsible for the attack that also left 19 pilgrims injured in the attack on Monday evening.

The officer said security for the ongoing pilgrimage to the Himalayan cave shrine has been beefed up.

The dead were from Gujarat and their bodies were flown home on Tuesday morning. 

Srinagar: Police on Tuesday blamed terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba for killing seven Amarnath pilgrims in south Kashmir's Anantnag district.

Kashmir police chief Munir Khan told reporters here that there were credible inputs that the LeT outfit was responsible for the attack that also left 19 pilgrims injured in the attack on Monday evening.

The officer said security for the ongoing pilgrimage to the Himalayan cave shrine has been beefed up.

The dead were from Gujarat and their bodies were flown home on Tuesday morning. 

Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and other senior ruling PDP-BJP leaders and senior civil and police officers laid wreaths on their bodies before they were flown to Gujarat.

In  New Delhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh called a high-level meeting to review the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the killing. 

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, top officials of the home ministry, intelligence agencies and central paramilitary forces are attending the meeting. 

The meeting will take stock of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, security of Amarnath pilgrims and how to prevent such possible attacks in the future, official sources said. 

A high-level central team led by Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir will also visit Jammu and Kashmir to assess the security of the pilgrimage to the high altitude cave shrine located in the Himalayas. 

Director General of CRPF R R Bhatnagar has already reached Srinagar to review the deployment of the central forces in the pilgrimage route. 

He will also attend a security review meeting convened by Governor N N Vohra in Srinagar. 

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