New Delhi, May 8: A 22-year-old tourist from Tamil Nadu lost his life after stone pelters went on the rampage near Narbal on the outskirts of Srinagar. The deceased identified as R Thirumani was a resident of Chennai. Reports claimed that Thirumani suffered head injuries after being hit by a stone during the rampage on Monday morning. He was rushed to the SKIMS hospital at Soura, where he succumbed to injuries. Police have registered a case and massive hunt has been launched to identify the stone pelters.
Reacting to the incident, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said, “My head hangs in shame.” She also met the family of tourist killed in Srinagar and asserted that the incident is heartbreaking.”
Hitting out at the BJP-PDP coalition government, Opposition NC Working President Omar Abdullah said, “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 and their methods.”
The former chief minister prayed for the recovery of a woman who was left injured the stone pelting.
“I’m also pained to know that among the injured from the stone pelting in Narbal is a young woman from Handwara in North Kashmir. I pray she & the others injured make a quick recovery,” Abdullah tweeted.
Earlier on April 30, it was reported that seven tourists from Kerala who were on a visit to the valley were injured after stone-pelters attacked their mini-buses in Anantnag district. However, the Jammu and Kashmir police has denied the reports and said that no such incident took place in the state.
On May 2, a bus carrying students of Rainbow International School was attacked by stone-pelters. The incident occurred in Zawoora village of Shopian.