Seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed while twelve others, including three policemen, were injured after militants attacked a yatri bus and a police party in Anantnag along the Jammu-Srinagar Highway in south Kashmir on Monday.
Political leaders across party lines have reacted to the attack, condemning the actions of the perpetrators. Here are a few of of the statements made late on Monday:
Narendra Modi: The prime minister said that he was "pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath Yatris". Adding that he had spoken to the chief minister and governor of Jammu and Kashmir to assure assistance, Modi said on Twitter, "India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks & the evil designs of hate."
Pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath Yatris in J&K. The attack deserves strongest condemnation from everyone.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 10, 2017
Sonia Gandhi: The Congress chief on Monday termed the attack on Amarnath pilgrims as "a crime against humanity", and called for decisive action against its perpetrators. "The attack on the devotees of Lord Shiva is a crime against humanity. The entire nation is in shock," she said in a statement.
Mehbooba Mufti: The Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said that Monday's attack is a "blot on all Muslims and Kashmiris". "Pilgrims come to Kashmir every year for the yatra despite all the difficulties. And seven people died today. I have no words to condemn it. I hope the security forces and the Jammu and Kashmir police arrest the perpetrators forthwith and take stern action against them," she said. On a visit to a hospital in Anantnag to call on the injured, Mufti said the head of every Kashmiri hangs in shame.
Rahul Gandhi: The Congress vice-president said that he "shares the pain and anguish of families who have lost loved ones in the terror attack on innocent Amarnath Yatris". He also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs to accept responsibility for the incidents and never allow it to happen again.
This is a grave & unacceptable security lapse. The PM needs to accept responsibility and never allow it to happen again — Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) July 10, 2017
Arun Jaitley: Defence minister Arun Jaitley termed the attack as "the most reprehensible act", adding that the incident should add to India's determination to eliminate terrorism.
Terrorist attack on #AmarnathYatra is the most reprehensible act. My condolences to the bereaved families.(1/2)
— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) July 10, 2017
Amit Shah: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief said that he had no words to express his deep pain on the killing of innocent pilgrims. "It is a henious act," he said, according to ANI.
Nirmal Singh: The Jammu and Kashmir deputy chief minister said that all the 15 injured persons are now out of danger. "Those attacking innocent people won't be spared," he said.
Omar Abdullah: The former chief minister said "these terrorists are the enemies of Kashmir & Kashmiriyat" in a tweet on Monday. "Every right thinking Kashmiri must today condemn the killing of the Amarnath yatris and say, unequivocally - this is #NotInMyName," he said.
The one thing we had all feared this year during the yatra. In spite of recent successes against militants & unprecedented force presence. https://t.co/NUkScKdGfl
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) July 10, 2017
Separatist leaders: In a joint statement, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik expressed grief over the killing of seven Amarnath pilgrims. "The incident goes against the very grain of Kashmiri ethos. The Amarnath yatra has been going on peacefully for centuries and is part of yearly rhythm and will remain so," the statement said. "Our heart goes out to the families of the bereaved and we express our heartfelt condolences," they added.
Mamata Banerjee: The West Bengal chief minister condemned the attack, saying terrorism not acceptable anywhere in the world.
Strongly condemn the attack on Amarnath yatris and the police. Terrorism unacceptable anywhere in the world
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) July 10, 2017
Sitaram Yechury: The Communist Party of India leader took to Twitter to condemn the attack, saying "our condolences to the families of the bereaved."
Meanwhile, in reaction to the attacks, several political organisations including the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party, National Conference and Congress called for a bandh in Jammu on Tuesday. "We have called for Jammu bandh tomorrow against the death of seven Amarnath pilgrims in a terror attack at Anantnag," VHP spokesman Rajesh Kumar said.
With inputs from PTI
Published Date: Jul 11, 2017 09:04 am | Updated Date: Jul 11, 2017 09:06 am