SRINAGAR: The death of a tourist from Chennai in a stone pelting incident at Narbal on Monday was widely condemned.
A 22-year-old tourist, R Thirumani, from Chennai was critically injured in a stone pelting incident at Narbal on Monday morning. He was shifted to a hospital here for treatment but succumbed to injuries.
Expressing grief, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani said, “We have been shouldering the coffins of our loved ones on daily basis but (we) can never be silent on this indiscipline and hooliganism, by some unruly youth.”
In a statement, Geelani said, “Kashmir bleeds for decades and dance of death and destruction is a norm for us. Our fourth generation has grown amidst the barrel of gun. Losing a human life irrespective of caste, creed, colour, region or religion is sad and painful for us.”
Sympathizing with the grieved family, Hurriyat chairman said that words fall short to console and condole the family for such a tragic loss.
“We as a nation feel not only sorry but ashamed as well,” Geelani said. “We are the worst sufferers of the state-terrorism, but that should not encourage us to be cruel and heartless. Our religion, culture and ethos teach us to respect humanity and we should always follow these golden rules in letter and spirit.”
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) 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,” he said.
Chairman Muslim League Jammu and Kashmir Mushtaq-ul-Islam termed the incident as an act of cowardice.
“A few black sheep in our ranks are sabotaging the pious mission of our martyrs,” Mushtaq-ul-Islam said in a statement.
Expressing sympathy with the grieved family, the ML chairman asked youth to identify and isolate these miscreants forthwith.
Quoting the Holy Qur’an, Mushtaq-ul-Islam said, “We have been asked that ‘if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land – it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.”
“We are following a noble mission and though we face retribution, detentions, killings, molestations, torture, but we as Muslims and followers of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) should always be humble and passionate towards other communities and non-combatants,” he added.
Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) while expressing dismay over the death of a tourist said, “Kashmiri nation is grieved over the incident even (as) we are being mercilessly killed and maimed by Indian forces.”
A JKDFP spokesperson in a statement said that tourists are being targeted by the elements who are hell bent on giving the ongoing freedom movement a bad name. “These elements have in future also tried to damage the freedom struggle of Kashmiri people but have failed, so we firmly believe that anti-movement elements will fail again in their efforts,” he said and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.