‘Thank God Our Bus Fell Into The Ditch…': Reasi Terror Attack Survivor Recalls Chilling Details

As many as 10 people were killed and several others were injured but the death toll would have been much higher if the bus didn't get stuck between a rock and a tree, preventing it from slipping further into the gorge.
Bus With Pilgrims Falls Into Gorge In Jammu and Kashmir's Raesi

J&K Terror Attack Terrorists open fire on bus carrying pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir

Reasi: Over 40 pilgrims were returning from Shivkhori temple when their bus fell into a ditch after being attacked by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district. As many as 10 people were killed and several others were injured but the death toll would have been much higher if the bus didn't get stuck between a rock and a tree, preventing it from slipping further into the gorge. A survivor recalled the chilling details of the horrific incident.
The terrorists unleashed a 15-minute barrage of gunfire on the bus. A survivor from UP’s Meerut described the harrowing experience and said one of the attackers was dressed in Army fatigues.
“Thank God that our bus fell into the gorge; otherwise, the attackers would have shot everyone dead,” he added. Kumar, who works at a private telecom company, recounted how one of the attackers, dressed in Army fatigues, opened fire on the bus.
Kumar was on a pilgrimage along with his brother Pawan Kumar and nephew Tarun Kumar. They were travelling to the Vaishno Devi shrine. All three of them survived injuries in the incident.

Attackers Believed Everyone Was Dead

“Amid the attack, the driver lost control of the bus, and we fell into a gorge. At this point, a few more attackers joined and started firing indiscriminately at us. The attackers stopped firing only when the passengers stopped screaming, believing everyone had died."
He said that the attack happened around 6pm after the bus left the Shivkhori temple. The bus was moving slowly on the hilly road, and most passengers were tired after trekking to Vaishno Devi, with many asleep.
Kumar added, “A few pilgrims sitting in front were awake when they saw an attacker approaching the bus. As the bus rolled down the ditch, I woke up to find everyone screaming. Any bullet could have hit me. I was thinking of my family, my three sons, aged 7, 9, and 11.”
Passersby alerted authorities, and a rescue operation ensued. The Army joined later, rushing the injured to three different hospitals.
Harpal Singh, Pradeep’s father, shared his anxiety, “We lost contact with my sons and grandson after the attack. We learned about the attack through TV and tried calling them, but the phones were unreachable. Later, we got a call saying they were safe.”

'Will Find & Crush Attackers'

Talking to TOI, Meerut district magistrate Deepak Meena said, “We are in constant touch with the injured passengers, who are now stable. A team has been sent to bring them home safely. Some pilgrims are from Noida, and they will also be brought together. We are extending all possible support they need."
DIG, Udhampur Reasi Range, Rayees Mohammad Bhat said that according to their investigation and analysis at least 2 to 3 terrorists were involved in the attack. He further affirmed that whatever it takes they will find them and crush them.
Speaking to ANI, Udhampur Reasi Range DIG said, “Since yesterday our team has been in action just after the attack. According to the inputs that we have got today we launched operation in two specific axis. 11 teams of ours are activated at this point. Army, CRPF and all the forces are synergistically dealing with the situation.
11 teams of police, army and CRPF are jointly working on two different axes to neutralise the terrorists, a senior police official told PTI.
Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said the attack was a despicable attempt to instigate turmoil in Jammu.
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