Geelani, Omar, Umar condemn killing of tourist

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 5/9/2018 12:03:51 AM

Those behind killing of tourist identified: Police

SRINAGAR, May 8: Police today said the stone-throwers responsible for the killing of a tourist, a Chennai youth, youth have been identified and efforts are on to nab them.
A 22-year-old tourist, R Thirumani, from Chennai was critically injured in a stone-pelting incident at Narbal area late last evening. He was shifted to a hospital for treatment but succumbed to injuries. The tourist along with some family members had reached here on Sunday. Yesterday evening their vehicle came under stone-pelting at Narbal. His body was today flown to Chennai.
Station house officer police station Magam told media that three youth have been detained for questioning. “These youth as per investigation are not culprits and have been detained for questioning only. Real culprits have been identified and investigation completed,” he said.
He added that stone-throwers responsible for the killing are absconding. “We have constituted a special team and hopefully they will be nabbed,” he said.
Meanwhile, the killing of the tourist has been widely condemned. Former chief minister Omar Abdullah in a tweet said, “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.”
Expressing the grief and sorrow on the death of a tourist Thurumani of Chennai as a result of stone pelting, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani said, “We have been shouldering the coffins of our loved ones on daily basis but never can be silent on this indiscipline and hooliganism, by some unruly youth.”
“Sympathizing with the grieved family. Words fall short to console and condole the family for such a tragic loss and we as a nation feel not only sorry but ashamed as well,” Geelani added.
He further said that “we are the worst sufferers of the state-terrorism, but that should not encourage us to be cruel and heartless ourselves.” “Our religion, culture and ethos teach us to respect humanity and we should always follow these golden rules in letter and spirit,” Hurriyat (G) chairman said.
Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar 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.”



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