The Jammu and Kashmir police have released a sketch of a terrorist involved in the attack on a bus carrying pilgrims in the Pouni area of Reasi district on Sunday. As many as nine people were killed in the attack while 41 people were injured and the police have announced a reward of Rs 20 lakh for information about the said terrorist. 

The terrorists had opened fire at the 53-seater bus carrying pilgrims from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi when it was en route from the Shiv Khori temple to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Katra near Teryath village in the Poni area.

Following the gunfire, the bus plunged into a deep gorge killing nine people and injuring 41 others. As per the survivors and eyewitnesses, the terrorists continued to fire gunshots even after the bus veered off. 

“Reasi police announce a reward of Rs 20 lakh for any fruitful information about the whereabouts of the terrorist involved in the recent attack on the yatri bus in the area of Pouni,” a police spokesman said, reported PTI. 

The sketch was prepared based on the description provided by eyewitnesses, said the police spokesman, and appealed that people provide more information. 

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Meanwhile, the owner of the private bus that came under ambush has demanded the status of martyr for the driver Vijay Kumar and teenage conductor Arun Kumar for averting an even more terrible catastrophe by plunging the bus into the gorge. 

The bus owner also highlighted the need for taking care of the poor families of the victims and security on the Shiv Khori route. 

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