SRINAGAR: Chief Minster Ms Mehbooba Mufti has left for south Kashmir to the spot of the attack, party sources said. Top police, civil administration officials and members of political executive are accompanying her.
“She has left and is about to reach,” a senior party functionary, who is camping in Anantnag, said. “She wants to meet the families who are here at Khanabal.”
The party leader said seven are dead which includes three women. “There are a few injured but they will survive,” he said.
While injured have been evacuated to the hospitals, the dead bodies have been shifted to Khanabal.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked to the governor and the Chief Minister. “My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones,” Prime Minister was quoted saying. “Pained beyond words. India will never get bogged down.” Prime minster said the attack deserves condemnation from every one.
The bus was not part of the routine escort that is already in place. These vehicles are usually escorted by the CRPF from the Jammu base camp to the base camp of the yatra. Under the systems in place, no yatra vehicle is permitted to cross the Jawahar Tunnel beyond 7 pm, especially without escort which is impossible.