Farooq Abdullah calls for probe into Amarnath tragedy

Srinagar, July 10 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the president of National Conference (NC), Farooq Abdullah, has said the authorities should order an inquiry to ascertain how tents and community kitchens were set up in a highly-vulnerable area close to the Amarnath cave shrine, which was hit by flash floods on Friday.

Farooq Abdullah was talking to reporters after meeting Yashwant Sinha, the joint opposition candidate for the July 18 presidential polls.

He said, “We are hopeful that the government will form an inquiry commission to know how it happened and why it happened.”

The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister questioned the decision to set up tents and “langar” (community kitchen) at such a vulnerable area.

“The location of the tents and langars is such that I do not think these things were done there earlier. Panjtarni is such a nice area for this. This needs to be investigated, maybe it is a human error,” Farooq Abdullah added.

He said the kin of the victims should be given compensation and steps should be taken to ensure that such incidents do not take place again.

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