Terrorist attacked Mata Vaishno Devi Pilgrims Bus with sticky bomb: Ravinder Raina

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Srinagar: BJP Leader and Jammu and Kashmir President Ravinder raina while blaming Pakistan for all the terrorist activities in Kashmir said “Pilgrims bus carrying devotees coming from Mata Vaishno Devi to Jammu was targeted by terrorists with sticky bomb at Katra,” he said this is what is coming out during the investigation by NIA.

Raina was speaking to reporters outside Srinagar Rajbhawan after meeting with LG Manoj Sinha, apprising him about fears and demands of Kashmiri Pandith who are continuously protesting since the Killing of Rahul Bhat in Chadhta Budgam.

Raina said the pilgrims bus which was caught fire in Katra Jammu was actually a terrorist plot, he said this has come to fore during the investigation by NIA, as part of the big conspiracy against country the bus was attacked with sticky bomb said BJP president Ravinder Raina.

A lesser known terror group JKFF ‘Jammu Kashmir Freedom Fighters’ claimed the responsibility for the attack on a bus carrying Mata Vaishno Devi shrine pilgrims on May 13 in which four persons were killed and 20 injured. Soon after the incident and eye witness account about incident in Katra, Jammu and Kashmir police and the NIA had started investigation in the case.

About the veracity of the terrorists claim of the attack by a lesser known terror outfit (JKFF), a senior police officer told News24 that it is not unusual for known terror groups like the LeT and the JeM to carry out attacks and then claim responsibility through outfits which do not exist on ground.

Apart from the BJP leaders claim of terrorist attack on pilgrims bus attributing to NIA investigation finds, Police and NIA haven’t yet issued any direct statement relating the incident as terrorist attack.

NIA while issuing the statement about the incident yesterday night said “NIA has extended all requisite assistance to JK Police in the investigation of the case of passenger bus catching fire near Katra on Friday. Detailed forensic probe is continuing to identify the reasons for the cause of fire.”

If the incident really turns out to be the terrorist attack it will be third such attack in the country, and second in Jammu and Kashmir when terrorists have used sticky bombs to blast the vehicles. As per sources Last month only terrorists have used sticky bomb to target tourist vehicle at the parking lot outside tulip garden in Srinagar during which a driver of the vehicle had lost life. Luckily the tourist vehicle from Jammu was in parking lot and no tourists was present in the vehicle at the time of blast. The first sticky bomb attack in the country had took place in Delhi some ten years ago in the year 2012 when terrorists had targeted Israeli embassy vehicle.

first published:May 15, 2022, 12:59 p.m.

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