The bus was traveling after sunset, which is banned throughout the region due to security restrictions. It didn’t have the usual police escort and may not have had the correct registration paperwork, according to local authorities. An estimated 60 to 70 pilgrims had boarded the bus at the Baltel base camp, reaching Botengoo just after sunset around 8.20 p.m. local time. Amarnath, located in Jammu and Kashmir, India, at an altitude of 3,888 meters (12,756 feet), is considered one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism.
Pilgrims go to Amarnath
The cave itself is covered with snow most of the year except for a short period of time in summer when it is open for pilgrims. The annual pilgrimage to the cave will culminate on August 7. Officially, the Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage is organised by the State Government in collaboration with the Shree Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB). Every year, thousands of central police and state police personnel are deployed to provide security to pilgrims from potential terror threats. This time, things went wrong. Terrorists fired on a police checkpoint and the fire was returned. The tourist bus was hit by bullets. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attack on social media, saying that “India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks and evil designs of hate.”