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A Painful, Deadly History Of The Amarnath Yatra

Published on 11 July, 2017 at 5:54 pm By

Amarnath Yatra is a divine yatra for the Hindus. Lakhs of pilgrims visit the holy site, Amarnath temple, which is believed to be Shiva’s abode. But, very often, the divinity and the purity of this place has been wrecked by the terrorists.

Yesterday, a barbaric incident happened where a group of militants opened fire on a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims near Batengoo, Jammu and Kashmir, leaving 7 killed and 32 injured.


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The terrorists, primarily, attacked a nearby police camp in Batengoo. As our police force retaliated, they fled. A bus carrying Amarnath yatris was on the highway when the incident occurred, and the terrorists made this bus their next target.

 

This is not the first time when the innocent pilgrims have been attacked during the Amarnath Yatra, a lot of similar fatal incidences have happened in the past.

 

2002: 8 Dead, 30 Injured.

Though more than 15,000 security personnel and policemen were positioned to safeguard the Amarnath pilgrims in 2002, a terrorist attack could not be averted.



According to the Frontline, the attack took place before dawn on the Nunwan camp on the way to the Amarnath shrine.

2001: At least 13 people were killed.

On the night of July 20, a militant opened fire near Sheshnag, one of the highest stops on the way to the Amarnath cave. The attack took place around 1:25 am, killing nearly 13 people, including three women yatris and two police officers.


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2000: 21 pilgrims killed.


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In the early hours of August 2, terrorists attacked pilgrim base at Pahalgam, where 32 people were killed, out of which 21 were yatris. Later, they also attacked five other places in the Valley, killing at least 58 people.

A very unfortunate history of a very fortunate place.

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