Chennai tourist 'injured in stone pelting' dies

Alfred Osborne
May 8, 2018

He was admitted to the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, on Monday morning after suffering injuries on his forehead and nose. "We have registered a case under FIR Number 57/2018 u/s 148, 247, 307, 336 RPC in Police Station Magam and investigations into it has been initiated and culprits involved into the incident will be nabbed soon", one officer told a news gathering agency.

Sensitive even to the mention of stone-pelting on tourists, those engaged with tourism trade like hoteliers, handicrafts or the poor cab operators and Shikarawals are wondering whether the pelters were well wishers of significant Kashmiri population, whose sustenance lies on tourist trade.

Thirumani's body was later brought to the police hospital here and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti went there immediately after she was informed that the tourist had passed away.

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Opposition National Conference working president Omar Abdullah said, "We've killed a tourist by throwing stones at the vehicle he was travelling in".

A young tourist from Chennai died after he suffered head injuries from a stone hurled on his bus in Narbal area of central Kashmir's Budgam district on Monday. "I pray she & the others injured make a quick recovery", Abdullah tweeted.

According to reports, the stone-pelters had been protesting against the killing of 5 Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian on Sunday. Five civilians succumbed to bullet injuries in clashes with security forces. "Deeply saddened by the news of death of a tourist due to stone pelting". The injured were part of a group of 47 tourists travelling in four vans. Last week, stone-throwers attacked a school bus in south Kashmir, injuring a Class II student. Jammu & Kashmir DGP S P Vaid, while congratulating the forces for neutralising the five militants, had also expressed disappointment over the support extended to the militants by the local populace.

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