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Take relook at amnesty to stone pelters, JCCI president appeals to Centre
5/8/2018 11:14:35 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, May 8: The Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Rakesh Gupta on Tuesday expressed anguish over the death of a tourist from Tamil Nadu and injuries to a local Kashmiri girl after they came under attack from stone pelters in the Valley, asking both the Centre and the state government to take a relook into its decision to grant amnesty to stone pelters.
"The Chamber also feels that the amnesty given to the stone pelters was a great gesture by both the state as well as government of India, but it now needs to be relooked at," said Gupta in a statement issued here. He also regretted that crores of rupees sincerely spent by the government on road shows to promote tourism has all gone down the drain following this attack. "The JCCI feels that J&K is known for the hospitality all over the world and guests coming in are always treated as next to god," he said in a statement, adding that "it is a matter of great concern that a leisure tourist has been targeted for the first time in the history." Pointing out that tourism is the backbone of the state's economy as it keeps the kitchen fire stoked for most Kashmiris in particular, he said any attempt to target tourists would mean hitting the economy and livelihood of every common man.
The Chamber president appealed to people to not politicise the issue to score political brownie points and urged mainstream political parties and joint resistance movement leaders to rise above different ideologies, agendas and party politics to come together and ensure restoration of calm and a sense of security on the streets of Kashmir.
A joint appeal from all is the dire need of the hour to the youth to shun path of violence, he added. The statement further said that the Chamber feels perplexed that in what direction the youth of Kashmir are moving, where even the school kids, young girls and tourists are being targeted. It is the time to think deep as to what will be the final outcome of all that is happening and who shall be responsible and answerable to the generations to come, it added.
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