Grimed by the horrific act of terror on a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims, Jammu and Kashmir State Government has announced giving out compensation to all seven victims and also a reward for saving lives to the bus driver.

No amount of money can compensate the death of any person, but the purpose behind giving out compensation to the families of deceased is to help them through the tough times. The inhumane terror attack which targeted a lonely bus ferrying Amarnath yatra pilgrims, was attacked by militants and killed 7 people aboard the bus. The Jammu and Kashmir State Government has announced a compensation of Rs 6 lakh to the families of victims. The ones who were seriously injured will be given Rs 2 lakh and those who had minor injuries will receive Rs 1 lakh. A reward of Rs 3 lakh to the bus driver Saleem Shaikh for his exemplary courage and presence of mind which saves the lives of other 50 passengers.

Apart from Kashmir government, the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) has decided to give out Rs 5 lakh each to families of the deceased, Rs. 1.50 lakh to those who had suffered grievous injuries and Rs. 75,000 for Yatris with minor injuries. The SASB too announced a special reward of Rs 2 lakh for bus driver Saleem Shaikh.

The Central Government too have decided to compensate the families of all seven pilgrims who passed away on Monday Ananthnag attack, by Rs 7 lakh and also Rs 1 lakh for those who were injured during the incident. The terror attack occurred on Monday night at around 8:20 PM while the Gujarat registered bus was returning to Jammu from Srinagar after visiting the shrine of Lord Shiva located in the high mountains of Himalaya. For ensuring safety and peace in Kashmir, an alert has been announced and the security has been beefed up in the Valley.

(Photo: Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti paying homage to the victims of the Amarnath terror attack at the airport)

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