Kashmiri leaders condemn attack on tourist family

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SRINAGAR, May 8: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has strongly condemned the killing of a tourist from Chennai in a stone pelting incident at Narbal last night.
In a statement, the chief minister said the unfortunate incident of the killing of 23-year-old R Thirumani is heartbreaking which goes against the Kashmiri ethos of hospitality and respect for guests. “I have no words strong enough to condemn this tragic incident or even condole with the family,” she said in her statement. She described the incident as a blot on the cultural value system of Kashmir and an attempt to bulldoze the economy of the place.
R Thirumani (22), a resident of Chennai, died in a hospital after being hit by a stone during clashes in Narbal area on Monday morning. Police said the stone-throwers responsible for the killing of the tourist, a Chennai youth, youth have been identified and efforts are on to nab them.
R Thirumani was critically injured in a stone-pelting incident at Narbal area late last evening. He was shifted to a hospital for treatment but succumbed to injuries. The tourist along with some family members had reached here on Sunday.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said the condition in Kashmir Valley has deteriorated in last three years. He made this remark while commenting on a tourist’s death due to stone pelting in his assembly constituency”We are proud of our hospitality and we talk about it to the world. But, what happened is nothing but sad and shameful. Unfortunately, in last three years, the condition in Kashmir Valley has deteriorated,” Omar Abdullah said.
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani said, “We have been shouldering the coffins of our loved ones on daily basis but never can be silent on this indiscipline and hooliganism, by some unruly youth.
He further said that “we are the worst sufferers of the state-terrorism, but that should not encourage us to be cruel and heartless ourselves.” “Our religion, culture and ethos teach us to respect humanity and we should always follow these golden rules in letter and spirit,” Hurriyat (G) chairman said.
Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “Deeply saddened by the news of death of a tourist due to stone pelting. Condemn such hooliganism and rowdiness. It is totally against our ethos of treating tourists as respected guests and brings a bad name to the peoples’ movement.”