Darkest day for Jammu and Kashmir: Tourism industry

Whosoever killed tourist is not a well-wisher of Kashmiris, say stakeholders; CM slams bid to bulldoze economy.

Published: 09th May 2018 05:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th May 2018 08:04 AM   |  A+A-

CM Mehbooba Mufti consoles the father of S Thirumani in Srinagar. Thirumani was killed in stone pelting in central Kashmir. | Zahoor Punjabi

Express News Service

SRINAGAR: A day after a tourist from Chennai was killed in stone pelting in the Valley, tourism industry stakeholders described the incident as the “darkest day” and said the murderer is not well-wisher of Kashmiris.

Police on Tuesday detained many people for questioning even as the incident evoked strong condemnation from Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and separatists.
Hoteliers, travel agents, house boat owners, shikara wallas addressed a joint Press conference to condemn the incident. 

“The death of a tourist in stone pelting is very unfortunate. It is the darkest day for tourism industry,” Kashmir Hotel and Restaurant Owners Federation president Abdul Wahid Malik said, adding the death would hit tourist inflow at a time when they were expecting good business from south India.

Hotels were witnessing 60-70 per cent occupancy and this incident is bound to have some effect on fresh arrivals, he said.

Malik said Narabal had always been problematic. “We had been telling government to sanitise the area and deploy additional security forces there for safe passage of tourist vehicles. But that did not happen”.
“Whosoever is involved in the incident, is not a well wisher of Kashmiris. He is inhuman and a cold blooded murderer,” said Ashfaq Sidiq, president Travel Agents Association of Kashmir.
Alleging that deliberate attempts were on to target tourism, he said it should be delinked from politics and treated like any other business. “Since parliamentary elections are taking place next year, we believe that Kashmir has become a playfield for any political party,” he said.

Deputy Inspector General of Police central Kashmir, VK Birdi told TNIE, “We have identified some people and are also probing certain people of Narabal, where the incident took place.” He said more arrests are expected as the investigation is going on.

Mehbooba Mufti said, “I have no words strong enough to condemn this tragic incident or even condole with the family”, and described it as an attempt to bulldoze the economy.

National Conference working president Omar Abdullah said, “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”. He also lashed out at the government.“How much blood will have to be shed in Kashmir before the PM realises the gravity of the situation in J&K? ”

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  • Narendra M Apte

    1. Both chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir (J & K) Ms Mehbooba Mufti & National Conference MLA Mr. Omar Abdullah have expressed anguish and shock over the incident of stone-pelting and consequent death of Chennai resident, 25 year old R Thirumani Selvan. That is perfectly okay. 2. I believe both these J & K leaders will have to do some serious introspection to find out why there is no end to J & K violence. 3. Both of them wish that there is dialogue with those who want azadi for citizens of the Kashmir valley. People of Kashmir must be ready to face ground reality which is that their demand for azadi will be sympathetically considered by the Central govt if it is within framework of Constitution of India. Therefore, people of the Kashmir valley have to make a clear choice- either to be supporters of the separatists and Pakistan trained terrorists or to be with people of our country and Central government, whose paramount wish has always been that people of the valley should prosper.
    1 year ago reply
  • Jaya Vindhyala

    Wrap around Jammu Kashmir as being a Indian citizens
    1 year ago reply
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