Srinagar, May 8: The killing of a non local from Chennai in a stone pelting incident in Narbal area of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district has been widely condemned in the valley, with both mainstream politicians and the separatist leaders criticising the attack that took place on Monday.
The victim has been identified as Thirumani, from Southern Indian State Chennai. The incident invited widespread condemnation.
“My head hangs in shame,” was all that she could tell the family,” Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted.
She added: “Its truly heartbreaking when a family saves for years to realise their dream of visiting Kashmir & while they are here they face their worst nightmare. I have no words strong enough to condemn this tragic incident or even begin to condole the family. Without a sustained, meaningful dialogue & outreach, not just from the govt but from the entire country, J&K will get pushed deeper into this vortex of gloom. My deepest condolences to the deceased’s family & my prayers go out to the girl who was injured in the same incident.
“We have 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 and their methods,” Omar said and added: “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.”
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq
Senior separatist leader, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said: “Deeply saddened by the news of death of a tourist due to stone pelting. Condemn such hooliganism and rowdiness.
It is totally against our ethos of treating tourists as respected guests and brings a bad name to the peoples’ movement.”
Joint Resistance Leadership
Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik while expressing grief over the death of Channai tourist and injuries to a local lady said that such incident bring bad name to the Kashmir Movement.
They said that such incidents provide an opportunity to enemy to present our Movement in bad light across globe. “We clarify and reiterate that tourists are our esteemed guests and in no way they should be harassed. We appeal people particularly to youth to maintain discipline and never indulge in anything that could defame our Movement which we have irrigated with sacred blood,” they said.
Ruling People’s Democratic Party Yasir Reshi while condemning the attack said that: “Geelani and Yasin Malik who are talking about peace should see whats been happening.”
He said the killing of tourist is the murder of humanity and needs to be condemned cutting across party lines.
Democratic Freedom Party
Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) today expressed dismay over the death of a Tamil Nadu Tourist , Thirumani at Narbal area and said that whole Kashmiri nation is grieved over the incident even we are being mercilessly killed and maimed by the Indian forces.
A JKDFP spokesperson said that tourists are being targeted by elements who are hell bent to give the ongoing freedom movement a bad name. These elements have in future also tried to damage the freedom struggle of Kashmiri people but have failed so we firmly believe that anti-movement elements will fail again in their efforts. The party termed the Narbal incident as unfortunate and expressed solidarity with the bereaved Chennai family.
Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami
MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami Tuesday said that such unfortunate and condemnable incidents send a worong message which ultimately damages the interests of the people of the state. Whose ‘cause’ is fulfilled by such brutal killings, he asked.
“At a time when the people of Kashmir are facing tought times what is required is utmost restraint and wisdom to garner more support from the people and civil society of the coutry so as to put pressure on the authorities to listen to the legitimate voices of the people of Kashmir.Unfortunately such acts only serve the interests of those who want to undermine and ignore the democratic aspiration of Jammu and Kashmir,” Tarigami said.
Aga Syed Hasan
Senior separatist leader and president Anjuman Shari Shian Aga Syed Hasan said that such incidents will defame Kashmir freedom struggle across globe.
“The miscreants should be identified and punished. There is a need to keep a strict vigil on such elements who even attack tourists and frequently target civilian vehicles,” he said and expressed sympathies with the bereaved Chennai family.
Janata Dal (United)
Janta Dal United J&K State President Mr GM Shaheen while terming the incident unfortunate said that the goons killed an innocent which is condemnable beyond words. Shaheen said that Killing innocents in any ways is like killing the whole humanity. He requested the Police Administration to ensure the perpetrators of this heinous crime are brought to justice and are given exemplary punishment so that no one will dare to attack tourist’s or civilians in future.
Chairman Muslim League, Mushtaq-ul-Islam expressed his deep grief over the death of a tourist from Chennai in stone pelting incident at Narbal in Srinagar.
He said it is a cowardice act. He expressed his sympathy with breaved family, he said that: “a few black sheep in our ranks are sabotaging the pious mission of our martyrs” and asked youth to identify and isolate these miscreants forthwith.
Quoting Holly Quran Mushtaq-ul-Islam said that we have been asked that “if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land – it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.” (CNS)