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Amarnath attack: BJP members protest in Gurgaon

The main motive of the protest was to urge the government to ensure that such incidents do not reoccur.

gurgaon Updated: Jul 11, 2017 20:13 IST
BJP members and Hindu activists in Gurgaon protest the terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

The members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and some Hindu organisations on Tuesday protested the killing of Amarnath pilgrims in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday.

The protest was held by Gurgaon BJP’s district general secretary Kulbhushan Bhardwaj in front of the mini-secretariat here. The protesters condemned the incident by burning an effigy signifying terrorism.

Around 80 people gathered to support the “cause and censure these atrocities” during the half-an-hour protest.

Members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the Bajrang Dal took part in the protest.

The protesters expressed sympathies with the victims and their families of the seven pilgrims who were killed in the attack.

“We request that the families of the victims be provided with monetary support of Rs 1 crore from the government. Also the Amarnath pilgrimage should be under the security of the army,” said Bhardwaj. He said that they want the government to “wake up and punish the terrorists who were responsible for this attack”.

The main motive of the protest was to urge the government to ensure that such incidents do not reoccur, he said.

“Our protest is a warning to the government. An incident like this should never take place again. The Hindus voted the party (BJP) to power and can very easily have them removed if attacks like these continue to ruin innocent lives,” said Sumer Singh Tanwar, a BJP leader.

66-year-old Girija Kumari, city president of a social front Crime Free India Force, voiced her support for the protest and said that killing innocent people on a religious journey is inhumane.

“If Hindus are not safe in Hindustan, then where will they be safe?” said Bhardwaj.

Terrorists had fired at a bus transporting over 60 people returning from their yatra to the Amarnath temple in Jammu and Kashmir. The attack took place at 8:20 pm on Monday night killing at least seven people, including five women.

The police, however, claimed the bus driver had violated rules for the pilgrimage, which state that no yatra vehicle should be on the highway after 7 pm.

First Published: Jul 11, 2017 20:13 IST