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Despite the turmoil in Kashmir Valley, the pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra remained undeterred and wanted to complete the desired yatra at any cost what so ever. The undeterred attitude of these pilgrims made the state government to contemplate over providing security cover to the yatries.
The state government retrieved from slumber after three days, but as they say ‘better late than never’.
The amaranth yatra was resumed and a special security cover was provided to the yatries, which have faced worst face of humanity, when a group of miscreants under the garb of mob attacked the yatries, leaving some of them injured, while many scared and under fear psychosis.
Although, despite this episode,
thousands of pilgrims did not deter to move back and wanted to complete the taken pilgrimage.
It was envisaged that this year the Amarnath Yatra may take place under the shadow of terror threat as both the Centre and the state had got intelligence inputs suggesting vulnerability of this annual pilgrimage, but despite all this things went off from the state as well as central government, resulting into civilian killings and curfew to be imposed in all ten districts of the Valley.
Like previous government headed by Omar Abdullah in 2008 and 2010 turmoil, this government has also failed to take prompt decision to control the
situation following the death of HM commander Burhan Wani.
Amarnath Yatra over the years has remained by and large peaceful barring three militant strikes — one each in 2000, 2001 and 2002 — that left 36
pilgrims and several others dead.
The government as well as civilised people of Kashmir valley must introspect and understand that pilgrims should not be attacked as it not only gives bad name to the community, but will also affect
pilgrim tourism of the state.

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