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1 Tourist Killed, 2 Injured As Stone Pelters Once Again Target Tourists In Jammu And Kashmir

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| May 8 , 2018 , 08:18 IST

The menace of stone-pelting in Jammu and Kashmir is yet to come to an end and 5 days after tourists were targetted in South Kashmir, stone pelters once again attacked a tourist cab, this time on the Srinagar-Gulmarg highway, killing 1. 

In a shocking incident on Monday, a 22-year-old tourist from Tamil Nadu was killed, and 2 others from his family injured, when a group of stone-pelters attacked their cab at Narbal on the Srinagar-Gulmarg highway. Half a dozen other vehicles on the highway were also attacked by the stone pelters.

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The 22-year-old victim, identified as R Thirumani from Chennai sustained head injuries in the stone pelting attack and succumbed to the injuries at the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences.

“Stone-pelters threw stones on our cab and Thirumani was hit in the head that resulted in his death,” Rajwali, father of the deceased, said.

The attack on the tourists on Monday comes 5 days after tourists were attacked by stone-pelters in south Kashmir, resulting in one of the tourists, Ritu Devi from Mumbai sustaining serious injuries.

"We have registered a case under FIR Number 57/2018 in Magam police station and investigation into the attack has been initiated. Culprits will be nabbed soon," a senior police officer said.

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According to reports, the stone-pelters had been protesting against the killing of 5 Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian on Sunday. Most of the neutralised terrorists were local Kashmiris.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed condolences to the family of the victim, and said, “My head hangs in shame. It is very sad and heartbreaking.”

Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, “We’ve killed a tourist by throwing stones at the vehicle he was travelling 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.”