Mehbooba condemns, describes it heartbreaking
BUDGAM: Following the death of a 23-year-old tourist in stone pelting in Narbal area, police have detained several people to identify the accused who threw stones at the Tavera vehicle the victim was travelling in from Gulmarg to Srinagar.
The tourist, R Thirumani, a Chennai resident, succumbed to head injuries at the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences at Soura after being hit by a stone on Monday on the Srinagar-Gulmarg road. Kashmir observed a two-day shutdown to mourn the killings of 11 people including six civilians and five militants in Shopian. On Monday, police said, a group comprising four-five youth, who have been identified, pelted vehicles with stones.
A top police official told Kashmir Reader that they have arrested some people from the area for the questioning in the case.
“The detentions gave been carried out soon after the reports of killing of a tourist came. The incident took place at around 8 pm, when a few policemen were deployed in the area. However there were no clashes going on at the spot or around the area,” he said.
As soon as the Srinagar-bound vehicle in which the deceased tourist was travelling crossed the Narbal bridge, four to five youth pelted the Tavera with stones, hitting the tourist in the head, the officer said.
“After questioning the youths who are under detention, a few culprits have been identified at the initial stage, and they will be arrested soon,” he said. The police have filed a case at Police Station Magam under FIR number 57/2018, under section 148, 247, 307 and 336 RPC.
Soon after the attack, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti rushed to the hospital to express solidarity with the tourist’s family. The Joint Resistance Leadership of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik also condemned the death of tourist.
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.
Immediately on learning of the incident at 9 pm on Monday evening, the Chief Minister rushed to the Police Hospital, Srinagar and condoled with the parents and tourists of R Thirumani. She conveyed the sympathies of the people of the state to the bereaved family while directing the administration to extend all support and help to them in this hour of grief.
The Chief Minister has also expressed concern over the injuries caused to a girl from Handwara in the same incident while wishing her a speedy recovery.