Mehbooba, Omar strongly condemn Chennai tourist’s death in stone pelting

1525794171-7473A 22 year-old tourist from Chennai who became a victim of stone pelting in  Kashmir city on April 30, succumbed to his injuries in a Srinagar hospital.

R Thirumani, was reportedly travelling along with his family in between Srinagar and Kashmir’s premier resort of Gulmarg.

His two other family members also got injured during the incident. The stone-pelters were reportedly protesting against the killing of five Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists in an encounter.

Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police, Vaid said, “There were two to three vehicles that came under a stone pelting bout today in Narbal area on the way to Gulmarg. So two to three people got injured.”

The family had arrived in the city on April 29 was on its way to visit Gulmarg when it was attacked. Total of 47 people were traveling in four tempos at the time of the incident and among them, seven people suffered injuries on the head and were taken to different sub-district hospitals in Seer, Anantnag District, according to reports.

“We’ve killed a tourist by throwing stones at the vehicle he was traveling in. Let’s try and wrap our heads around the fact that we stoned a tourist, a guest, to death while we glorify these stone pelters & their methods,” wrote Omar Abdullah, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister.

Following the incident Mehbooba Mufti, Jammu & Kashmir CM rushed to the hospital and met the family.

While condemning the death, Mufti has released a statement and said the unfortunate incident of the killing of 23-year-old R Thirumani is heartbreaking.

“I have no words strong enough to condemn this tragic incident or even condole with the family”, said the statement.
“It’s truly heartbreaking when a family saves for years to realise their dream of visiting Kashmir & while they are here they face their worst nightmare. I have no words strong enough to condemn this tragic incident or even begin to condole the family,” Mufti wrote on Twitter.
 “This young man from Chennai died in my constituency & while I don’t support these goons, their methods or their ideology I’m deeply, deeply sorry that this happened at all & that too in an area I’ve been proud to represent since 2014,” Opposition leader Omar Abdullah tweeted.