SRINAGAR: A number of vehicles were caught in intense clashes between the police and stone pelters at Narbal crossing. Two persons in two separate vehicles were injured of whom one died in the hospital.
The slain person was identified as R Thirumani, a resident of Chennai who was visiting Kashmir along with his father, Rajwali.
Thirumani, aged around 22, was shifted to SKIMS where he succumbed to his injuries. He had a severe head injury.
The injured girl still in hospital has been identified as Sabreena, a 19-yearold resident of Handwara.
Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti drove to the Police Control Room where she spent some time with the father of the slain tourist. “My head hangs in shame,” she was quoted having said. “It is very sad and heartbreaking.”
An official who accompanied the Chief Minister to the police control room said Ms Mufti was shocked to know that the slain tourist’s father was not in a position to convey the tragedy to his family. “It was a group of 40-family members who was in Kashmir on a trip,” he said. Ms Mufti was accompanied by her sister Dr Rubaiya Sayeed, who is also a resident of Chennai.
“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,” opposition leader Omar Abdullah, who is on a weeklong visit of Ladakh tweeted. “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. I’m also pained to know that among the injured from the stone pelting in Narbal is a young woman from Handwara in North Kashmir. I pray she & the others injured make a quick recovery.”
Police said they have registered a case and investigations have been started. “We have registered a case under FIR Number 57/2018 u/s 148, 247, 307, 336 RPC in Police Station Magam and investigations into it has been initiated and culprits involved into the incident will be nabbed soon,” one officer told a news gathering agency.
A police spokesman late night issued a brief statement. “During clashes at Magam today, some persons including bystanders sustained injuries. In this incident, a person identified as R Thirumani son of Rajaveel, a resident of Chennai also got injured and was shifted to hospital at SKIMSD or medical treatment who later succumbed at the hospital. Police has registered a case in this regard and investigations taken up.”
Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has condemned the incident. “Deeply saddened by the news of death of a tourist due to stone pelting. Condemn such hooliganism and rowdiness,” Mirwaiz wrote on twitter. “It is totally against our ethos of treating tourists as respected guests and brings a bad name to the peoples movement.”