Businessmen and tourism traders of Kashmir Tuesday demanded an international probe into the incident of killing of seven Amarnath Yatris.

Seven Yatris died in a cross fire between police and suspected militants on Monday evening on Srinagar Jammu highway in Batengoo near Islamabad town.

Kashmir tourism players during a protest demonstration in Press Enclave Srinagar. KL Image/Bilal Bhadur

A group of traders and travel operators held a demonstration against the killings of Yatris in Srinagar’s press colony on Tuesday.

“We condemn the barbaric attack and demand an independent probe in to the incident,” Farooq Kutha, a member of travel operators association told media persons.

Athar Narwari, secretary of Travel Agents Association of Kashmir said: “We demand an international independent probe into the incident.”

Holding banners, the businessmen condemned the killings of Yatris.

They said the killings are a setback to “syncretic culture” of Kashmir. “Yatris are our guests,” Manzoor Wangnoo, a prominent businessman said.

The killings and the subsequent media coverage has started impacting the tourism industry.

“Travel operators have been receiving distress calls from the potential travellers asking for cancellation of bookings,” he said.

They requested the tourists to stop worrying and come to Kashmir. “We will continue exhibiting our hospitality.”


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