Tourists Leave Valley Amid Fears


Shah Abbas

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The state government clamped down curfew across Kashmir valley with dozens of tourists in Srinagar city leaving to Delhi and Jammu on Saturday amid fears of protests against the execution of 2011 Parliament Attack convict Afzal Guru.

Strict curfew was imposed amid fears that the execution of Guru, who was hanged inside Tihar Jail on Saturday morning, could lead to backlash. “Scores of tourists have left hotels on Saturday morning. Some of them booked air tickets here while others left by road,” said a tour operator.

At some places security forces were seen escorting tourists to the Srinagar Airport. However, Jammu and Kashmir police say that situation is not alarming. “Yes, some might have left in the morning but this is also fact over 1000 tourists arrived in Kashmir today and 800 of them were domestic and rest were foreigners,” said a police official.

Azim Tuman, the Chairman Houseboat Owners Association, also said that there is no alarm as such. “We don’t have any cancellation so far. I don’t think any tourist left from Dal Lake area,” he added.

Twelve persons were injured across Kashmir Valley when police and paramilitry forces personnel opened fire and tear smoke shells on protesters. The Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla, said 12 persons were injured in the clashes whch took place in Baramulla and Sopore areas. “One of them is critical and he has been shifted to Sheri Kashmiri Institute of Medical Sciences Soura,” he said.

The government reportedly has directed all private telecome service providers to down the services. Aircel, Airtel, Rellinace and Voda-phone internet services are down across Kashmir Valley. Only BSNL’s broadband services is functioning.



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