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TN tourist killed in Srinagar after stone-pelters target bus

TN tourist killed in Srinagar after stone-pelters target bus

R Thirumani, a resident of Chennai, was on a visit to Kashmir and was part of a group that was headed to Gulmarg. R Thirumani (22) was on his way to a resort in Gulmarg with his parents when their auto was stoned by protesters on Monday morning. The incident occurred on the outskirts of the state capital Srinagar city, says the Chronicle.info with reference for Today. The Chennai man was then taken to SKIMS hospital at Soura, where he succumbed to his injuries.

"They are our youth, our children and we don't want them to go astray". His corpse was later shifted to police hospital here before being flown to Chennai.

An officer said stones were thrown at the vehicle ferrying Thirumani in the morning.

Tourism Kashmir director Mehmood Shah, condemning the incident, said the department apprehended a fall in the number of visitors to the Valley. "She met the victim's family... and extended full support to the victim family", said a spokesperson of her party, the PDP.

"I am sure the chief minister (Mehbooba Mufti) herself is keen on getting more tourists to Kashmir because that will also help in restoring normalcy".

Opposition leader Omar Abdullah also took to Twitter to express regret. "They have to be firm.", she said.

In a series of tweets, Mr Chidambaram said, 'Share J&K CM's concern that statesmanship required to get J&K out of the vicious cycle of killings.

Mr Palaniswami expressed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and announced Rs three lakh assistance from the Chief Minister's Public Relief fund.

Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said: "Deeply saddened by the news of death of a tourist due to stone pelting". I condemn such hooliganism.

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