Six Hindu pilgrims, a lot of them women, were killed in a gun battle that erupted in Indian Kashmir on July 10 following two militant attacks on police.
After the security forces identified Abu Ismail as the prime suspect in Monday's terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims that killed seven, the Jammu and Kashmir police is on a hunt for the Lashkar-e-Toiba operative. The memo, marked "top secret", warned that a "sensational attack by terrorist outfits can not be ruled out" in the mostly Muslim region. Proactive operations have been launched, mainly in south Kashmir, to track down Ismail as investigations including communication intercepts have pointed out to his involvement in the attack on Amarnath pilgrims, a senior police official said.
The bus full of pilgrims was 600 metres away from the police check-post an was encircled by the terrorists from three sides.
Seven Amarnath pilgrims from Gujarat were killed in the attack and 14 others were injured in the attack. His alert response saved the lives of many pilgrims because he kept the vehicle moving even when he was under heavy fire from the front and the windscreen had been shattered, the state cabinet said.
"The terrorist attack on Amarnath Pilgrims is outrageous", said Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.
Muslim rebels fighting for decades against Indian rule in Kashmir accuse Hindu-majority India of using the pilgrimage as a political statement to bolster its claim on the disputed Himalayan region.
"India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks and the evil designs of hate", Modi added.
India is already in a heightened state of security as a result of the yearly pilgrimage.
The devotees worship the natural ice formation at the caves as a symbol of Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction. "The attack deserves strongest condemnation from everyone", Modi tweeted.
This piece appeared as an editorial opinion in the print edition of The Economic Times.
But the militant group rejected the allegation, calling the attack "reprehensible", and accusing India of trying to sabotage the freedom struggle of the Kashmiris.
According to reports in national daily, Hindustan, the Central government had conducted a high-level meeting on Tuesday to strategies for eliminating terrorists in Kashmir.
Amarnath yatra one of the holiest and religious organized Yatra.