The social media in the Valley is abuzz with users condemning the innocent killing of seven pilgrims and injured 19 others during the cross firing on Monday night in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district when suspected militants opened fire on a police vehicle.
Kashmiris across the political divide unequivocally condemned the killings and expressed solidarity toward the victim families, even the separatist leaders in a joint statement, said the incident “goes against the very grain of Kashmiri ethos”.
However, many questioned the rationale behind the killings, as Kashmiris usually come to the rescue of Amarnath Yatris in case any untoward incident happens with them. The widespread condemnation of pilgrims comes at a time when the valley has been witnessing worst incidents of violence post the killing of Burhan Wani in July last year.
However, the attack has left several questions unanswered.
Nobody has claimed the responsibility of the attack so far. Police claimed militants initially attacked a bullet proof bunker and later a check post at 8.20 pm as no yatra vehicle is allowed to ply on a highway as per the security protocol after 7 pm. The vehicle bearing Gujarat number plate was not registered with the shrine board. This is why many Kashmiris have raised serious questions over the gruesome incident and demanded there should be an impartial probe.