Governor bids farewell to pilgrims killed in attack

GJ Report
Srinagar, Jul 11: Governor N N Vohra, Chairman of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, visited the Technical Area, IAF Base, Srinagar, early today morning to meet the 19 Yatris who had been injured in the terror attack near Anantnag late last evening.
After treatment, the injured pilgrims were airlifted to the Srinagar Airport this morning.
Three pilgrims, who are more seriously injured, are still in hospitals at Anantnag and Srinagar. Governor expressed his concern and sympathy to the injured Yatris and wished them a safe journey home.
He also met Salim Bhai, the driver of the bus, which he had driven all the way from Gujarat to Kashmir, and saluted him for his courage in not allowing the vehicle to go out of control when he was repeatedly fired upon from the front and the windscreen had been totally shattered.
Governor paid respect to the seven pilgrims killed in this terror attack and laid wreaths on their coffins.
The injured pilgrims and the coffins of those killed are being carried to Ahmadabad in a special IAF aircraft which arrived from Delhi this morning.
The Governor expressed his grief over this unfortunate incident and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved families of those killed in the incident.
On behalf of the Shrine Board he announced relief of Rs 5 lakhs to the next of kin of those killed in the incident; Rs1.5 lakh to those who had suffered grievous injuries and Rs 75,000 for Yatris with minor injuries.
He also paid his last respects to the deceased pilgrims and placed wreaths on their mortal remains.
Governor announced a special reward of Rs 2 lakh to the driver of the bus, Sheikh Saleem Gafoor, resident of Valsad, Gujarat, whose alert responses saved the lives of many pilgrims because he kept the vehicle moving even when he was under heavy fire from the front and the wind-screen had been shattered.