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Union Minister: Reasi Terror Attack Deliberate, Warns of War with Pak

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Following a tragic terror incident that claimed nine lives in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale expressed his belief that the attack was a calculated move to instill fear, coinciding with Narendra Modi’s third consecutive term inauguration as Prime Minister of India. Athawale, who also took oath as part of the Modi 3.0 cabinet, emphasized his stance that terrorism in the Jammu and Kashmir region has ceased, warning of potential consequences should such incidents persist, including the possibility of military action against Pakistan.

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Speaking on the recent terror attack in Reasi, Athawale asserted, “I believe terrorism has ceased in J&K. This attack was a deliberate attempt to instill fear as PM Narendra Modi assumes office for the third time. However, continued incidents like these may necessitate military intervention against Pakistan… Many terrorists infiltrate India through PoK,” he told ANI.

The attack, which occurred on June 9, targeted a 53-seater bus transporting pilgrims from Shiv Khori temple to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, resulting in nine fatalities and 41 injuries as the bus careened into a gorge following gunfire near Teryath village in the Poni area.

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The aftermath saw widespread anti-Pakistan demonstrations across the Jammu region, with protests erupting in Katra, Doda town, and Kathua district, demanding heightened security measures and condemning Pakistan’s alleged involvement in regional attacks. Protesters urged the Centre to take decisive action against the neighboring country.

In response, Jammu and Kashmir L-G Manoj Sinha announced an ex-gratia payment of ₹10 lakh to the families of the deceased and ₹50,000 to those injured in the attack, underscoring the government’s commitment to supporting the victims and their families during this difficult time.

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