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Nation condemns killing of tourist in stone pelting, BJP conveniently forgets it
5/8/2018 11:18:48 PM
Jehangir Rashid
Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, May 8: Despite the fact that the killing of a tourist in a stone pelting incident has come in for condemnation from people belonging to different shades of opinion, the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) at least the state unit has so far remained mum on the issue.
The state unit of the party issues press releases on petty issues at times but this time around it has conveniently chosen not to speak on the issue that has hogged headlines across the length and breadth of the country. No leader of BJP at the local level has so far spoken about the killing of the tourist in the stone pelting incident.
The BJP leaders seem to be busy with less important things and the death of the tourist seems to be no issue for them at least for the time being. The party leaders at the national level might have condemned the stone pelting incident, but their counterparts in Jammu & Kashmir have so far maintained a silence on the same.
The tourist identified as Thirumani, resident of Chennai-Tamil Nadu sustained grievous injuries after being hit by a stone in the early hours on Monday (May 7). He was rushed to SKIMS-Soura where he succumbed to his injuries. Some other tourists sustained injuries in the incident and most of them were given first aid at the hospital. The incident occurred near Narbal falling in the outskirts of summer capital of the state on the Srinagar-Gulmarg highway.
Majority of the mainstream leaders of the state have condemned the stone pelting incident and termed the same as barbaric. These leaders demanded that the culprits behind the incident need to be identified at the earliest so that stern action under rules is taken against them and that too at the earliest.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti wasted no opportunity and visited the bereaved family in Srinagar as soon as she came to know that the young tourist has passed away. She conveyed her sympathies to the family and assured them of all the possible help from the Jammu & Kashmir government.
The stone pelting incident has come in for criticism from the separatist leaders who termed the incident as against the ethics and morals of Kashmiri society. Separatists like Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq issued statements here and expressed concern over the killing of tourist.
A group of tourist traders took a lead today and made their condemnation with respect to the incident public. The tourist traders under the aegis of Travel Agents Association of Kashmir (TAAK) arranged a press conference here at a local hotel. The tourist players said that incidents like the one at Narbal bring a bad name to Kashmir and the hospitality of Kashmiris.
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