Responding to the attack in Amarnath that claimed seven lives of pilgrims, former defence minister A. K. Antony on Tuesday took on the centre and said the government must explain why such an incident happened when there were security forces deployed everywhere.
Pilgrim Sanjay Kumar, the youngest in the group, said though he felt for the victims of the attack, he also believed in destiny.
"No one in Kashmir has praised the terror attack, this proves that Kashmiriyat is still alive there".
The sit-in was organised at at Pratap Park in Lal Chowk area of the city.
What has surprised intelligence and police officials is that the attack seems to have been carried out by Abu Ismail, tipped to be the next commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba in Kashmir, with the help of some members of the Hizbul Mujahideen.
Nepal and Bhutan strongly condemns attack on Amarnath Pilgrims. However, the SHRC is yet to admit his petition.
The pilgrims who died were traveling on a bus carrying around 60 people - majority from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat.
"Firing was going on from all sides, so I kept driving and did not stop". His act of bravery and valour won him praises from the survivors of the attack as well as politicians and citizens from across the country, who thanked Salim for saving over 50 lives despite heavy firing by terrorists on the Srinagar-Jammu highway.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, head of All Parties Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference, a political coalition opposed to the Indian rule of Kashmir, also condemned the attack. The road-opening party, the presence of which could have saved lives was withdrawn at 7:30 pm.
Pallavi Abhayankar, 55, one of the survivors, said when terrorists opened a hail of fire she felt somebody was bursting firecrackers.
A total of 212,000 people registered for the 40-day-long pilgrimage this year.
"I first thought they were bursting firecrackers".
"Militants further attacked the pilgrims' bus at Batingu (six civilians killed and 14 injured) and escaped towards Arwani", the CRPF said in a statement. According to the reports, the bus was not a part of the main Yatra convoy and at least 20 more were injured. "It was only a few moments later that I realised the horror as I saw my fellow passengers getting hit by the terrorists' bullets and slumping", Abhyankar told PTI in Mumbai.
It was the worst such attack in the divided Himalayan region since 2000 when gunmen fired on a group of Hindu pilgrims, killing 32 people including two police officers.
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