'25 Minutes of Horror': Delhi Man On How He Saved His Kids From Showering Bullets During Reasi Bus Attack

A resident of Delhi's Tughlakbad Extension visits the Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu with his family to celebrate their anniversary. However, their journey takes a terrifying turn when they encounter a deadly terror attack while returning from the pilgrimage. The man, Bhawani Shankar, recounts the harrowing moments when he had to shield his two children from gunfire by hiding them under the bus seat.
Bus With Pilgrims Falls Into Gorge In Jammu and Kashmir's Raesi

'25 Minutes of Horror': Delhi Man On How He Saved His Kids From Showering Bullets During Reasi Attack

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New Delhi: A resident from Delhi’s Tughlakbad Extension went to visit Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu to celebrate his anniversary on June 6. However, the trip turned horrible for him when he had to hide his two children under the bus seat during the “minutes of hours.” He recalled moments from the trip when he was returning and a deadly terror attack took place on a bus carrying pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district.
"I bent down and hid my two children under the bus seat as bullets were being fired from the hills... I will never forget those 20-25 minutes of horror," said Bhawani Shankar, the Delhi resident and the terror attack survivor.
Shankar was accompanied by his wife Radha Devi and two children - five-year-old daughter Deeksha and three-year-old son Raghav. Shankar and his family members are undergoing treatment in Jammu and Kasmir hospitals. They were among the five hailing from Delhi injured in the terror attack.
The terror attack claimed the lives of nine people, and injured at least 41 people. They opened fire at the 53-seater bus, which was on its way from the Shiv Khori temple to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Katra. The bus veered off the road and fell into a deep gorge near the Teryath village of the Poni area of Reasi on Sunday evening after the attack.
"On June 6, we boarded the Shree Shakti Express from Delhi and reached Katra. On June 7, we went to Vaishno Devi temple and returned to our hotel room by midnight on June 8," Shankar told the news agency PTI.
"On June 9, we took the bus for Shiv Khori temple from Katra and bought two tickets of Rs 250 each for the trip," he said. He said while returning from the temple, the bus was attacked.
"We were sitting near the central aisle in the bus. Our children were on our lap. We heard bullet shots at about 6 pm. In just 10-15 seconds, over 20-25 shots were fired. One of the bullets hit our driver and the bus was out of control," he said.
Shankar mentioned how the bus turned and spun in the air. It later regained its upright position but the wheels got stuck in boulders and trees in the hilly area.
"I bent down and hid my two children under the seat as firing continued from the hills. We hugged each other tightly thinking that it could be the final moments of our life. Some people were shouting, 'hamla ho gaya hai' (it's an attack).
"We remained at this position for 20-25 minutes because some more shots were fired when we were lying in the gorge," Shankar said, adding he will never forget the horrific incident.
As the bus took flips in the air, several passengers fell out of it. People started to shout and scream **until** the rescue team arrived, said Shankar. He and his two children are admitted to the same hospital while his wife is undergoing treatment in another hospital in Jammu and Kashmir.
"My son's hand is fractured and my daughter has head injuries. I have received internal injuries in my back and my wife received multiple injuries in her head and legs," he said.
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