SRINAGAR, MAY 8: hief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has strongly condemned the killing of a tourist from Chennai in a stone pelting incident at Narbal yesterday.
In a statement, the Chief Minister said the unfortunate incident of the killing of 23-year-old R Thirumani is heartbreaking which goes against the Kashmiri ethos of hospitality and respect for guests. “I have no words strong enough to condemn this tragic incident or even condole with the family”, she said in her statement. She described the incident as a blot on the cultural value system of Kashmir and an attempt to bulldoze the economy of the place.
Immediately on learning of the incident at 9 pm in the evening yesterday, the Chief Minister rushed to the Police Hospital, Srinagar and condoled with the parents and co tourists of R. Thirumani. She conveyed the sympathies of the people of the State to the bereaved family while directing the administration to extend all support and help to them in this hour of grief.
The Chief Minister has also expressed concern over the injuries caused to a girl from Handwara in the same incident while wishing her a speedy recovery.
Meanwhile Mehbooba Mufti also met Governor N N Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today.
During the course of their hour and a half long meeting, Governor and Chief Minister discussed various important matters relating to counter-terrorist operations; continuing incidents of stone pelting; the death of a tourist and other concerns.
They also discussed the growing radicalization and its grave impact in the educational sector.
Governor also spoke to Mufti about certain issues relating to the Prime Minister’s forthcoming visits to Ladakh, Kashmir and Jammu regions.
MLA Billawar, Dr Nirmal Singh has also expressed deep shock and grief over the death of R Thirumani, a tourist from Chennai, in a stone pelting incident at Narbal.
Dr Singh has conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family.
Strongly condemning the act, Dr Nirmal Singh called upon all stakeholders to stand in unison to thwart the nefarious designs of elements hell bent to effect peace in state and its old age tradition of hospitality.