A 22-year-old tourist from Tamil Nadu was killed and two members of his family, including his mother, were injured when their cab was attacked by a group of stone-pelters at Narbal on the Srinagar-Gulmarg highway on Monday. Nearly half a dozen vehicles were attacked by the stone-pelters.
The stone-pelters were protesting against the killing of five Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists in an encounter in Shopian on Sunday. The victim, identified as R Thirumani from Chennai, succumbed to head injuries in Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences at Soura on the outskirts of Srinagar. The family had arrived here on Sunday and was on its way to Gulmarg when it was attacked.
Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti rushed to hospital to console the tourists. “Stone-pelters threw stones on our cab and Thirumani was hit in the head that resulted in his death,” a sobbing Rajwali, father of the deceased, told Mehbooba.
“We have registered a case under FIR Number 57/2018 in Magam police station and investigation into the attack has been initiated. Culprits will be nabbed soon,” a senior police officer said.
The attack on the tourists comes just five days after tourists were attacked by stone-pelters in south Kashmir. One of the tourists, Ritu Devi from Mumbai, who was severely injured, also sustained head injuries in the attack. In another attack at the same spot in Narbal, a 19-year-old Kashmiri girl identified as Sabreena from Handwara was injured when the group of rowdies pelted stones on the passing vehicles.
This young man from Chennai died in my constituency & while I don’t support these goons, their methods or their ideology I’m deeply, deeply sorry that this happened at all & that too in an area I’ve been proud to represent since 2014.
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) May 7, 2018
On the killing of the tourist, J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said, “My head hangs in shame. It is very sad and heartbreaking.” Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, “We’ve killed a tourist by throwing stones at the vehicle he was travelling in. Let’s try and wrap our heads around the fact that we stoned a tourist, a guest, to death while we glorify these stone-pelters & their methods,” Omar said, “I pray she (victim’s mother) & others injured make a quick recovery.”