Stop calling it attack on tourists: Kashmir travel agents to govt
SRINAGAR: Representatives of various travel agencies and tour operators on Wednesday held a protest here demanding an inquiry into the killing of a tourist.
A 22-year-old tourist R Thirumani from Chennai died in stone pelting in Narbal while travelling back from Gulmarg to Srinagar.
Assembling at press enclave here, the travel and tour operators termed the incident as unfortunate and said: “it should have never happened”.
“The killing of a tourist is very unfortunate and unacceptable. Thousands of Kashmiris are associated with tourism industry. This has never happened before in the history of Kashmir even when the situation was far worse,” they added.
Demanding an inquiry and raising questions into the incident, the travel agents said that the details of the incident are not “pretty clear” as to who were basically “involved” and “how did it happen”.
“It is not clear who actually did it and how did it happen. Whether it was done deliberately or just an unfortunate accident,” the protesters questioned.
The representatives asked the government and media organisations to “stop calling it as an attack on tourists”.
“We don’t know the circumstances in which the incident happened if the bus or the vehicle they were travelling in was marked with the words tourist and the persons involved saw it then only it can be termed as such,” they added.
“If it was a normal vehicle not marked by any sign then we cannot call it an attack on tourists,” they said.
Blaming the government for failing to provide security to the tourists they said that the government is responsible for the incident.
“Why were the tourist vehicles allowed to pass if the authorities knew it would be risky given the protests in the area,” said one of the protesting travel agent.