After death of 20, now Kashmir stone-pelters start targeting tourists
The Hush Post: The tourist season in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) is likely to be discontinued for some time. A report in The Times of India Tuesday stated that stone-pelters now have targeting the tourists to vent out their anger a day after 20 people, including four civilians were killed in anti-terror operations in south Kashmir.
Majority of the tourists reached Srinagar airport early Tuesday in a bid to escape being stoned by the protestors. Earlier, on Sunday night, two buses carrying visitors from Indonesia were pelted with stones near Dal Lake. Prompt action by houseboat owners saved them. Two women tourists from Abu Dhabi had to be admitted in a hospital after sustaining when stones were thrown on their taxi.
“In another incident, a 100-strong mob stoned a tourist bus at Awantipora in Pulwama district, injuring two women from UP. The attack took place on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway around 9pm when the bus which was taking tourists on a city tour. Two women were taken to Sri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital in Srinagar and given first-aid,” news report read.
Owing to this, the hotels in J&K are facing losses due to cancellations by tourists. On March 27, J&K tourism minister Tassaduq Hussain Mufti had reportedly said the government would take all possible steps to ensure a steady flow of tourists.
On Monday, normal life in Kashmir remained paralysed due tp curfew-like restrictions and a shutdown, a day after security forces killed 13 terrorists in three gunfights in which three army men and a civilian were also killed. Three civilians had also been killed and over a hundred injured as mobs clashed with security forces, report said.
Mobile Internet reportedly remained suspended in several parts of the state to prevent any flare-up. Separatists extended their shutdown by one more day. Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off roads.
Strict restrictions were imposed in South Kashmir and old Srinagar city. The government has closed down the schools, colleges and other educational institutions, the report said.