Tourist killing: Various organisations propose separate law for murdering tourists -
Tourist killing: Various organisations propose separate law for murdering tourists
Posted 10 May 2018 04:07 PM

Following the killing of a tourist hailing from Tamil Nadu during stone pelting incident in Narbal area, various social and political organisations suggested separate law against the stone pelters for attacking and murdering tourists on the analogy of minor rapists.
Congress workers staged protest against the killing of a tourist in Kashmir Valley.
Led by Satish Sharma, Executive Member JKPCC and Corporator Ward Number 56 Gangyal, the activists assembled at Gangyal and raised slogans against the government.
Sharma lambasted present Coalition Government towards its soft approach to stone pelters by offering amnesty schemes from time to time. He demanded that the government should treat these killer stone pelters as terrorists.
“The people of the State feel devastated with shame due to broad daylight killing of a young tourist by these stone pelters,” he added. He also demanded foolproof security to the tourists arriving in the State. He warned the government that if any incident of hurting Amarnath Yatra pilgrims happened in the Valley the people of Jammu region would come on roads and will take every possible step to help and protect the pilgrims.
Vinod Bhawani, Baldev Singh, Suman Preet Singh, Goutam Sharma, Shamsher Singh, Monu Kumar, Om Parkash Sharma, Suman Devi and Abhi Sharma were also present.
Strongly condemning the brutal murder of a young tourist hailing from Tamil Nadu due to stone pelting by the group of criminals in Kashmir, the Jammu Paryatan Vikas Mandal (JPVM) termed it assault on age old tradition of hospitality and urged the government to deal firmly with the murderers under stringent laws as they are instrumental in snatching the livelihood of lakh of souls dependent on the tourism trade.

Earlier incidents of stone pelting in Kashmir
School bus carrying fifty children attacked in Shopian.
Two busses carrying tourists from Indonesia attacked near Dal Lake.
Two women tourists from Abu Dhabi suffered head injuries.
Tourist bus attacked at Awantipura.
Two women from Uttar Pradesh received severe injuries.

In a statement, the Chairman JPVM, Inderjeet Khajuria said that the government needs to check the stone-pelters by evolving some deterrent punishment as the amnesty granted to them has shown alarming increase in such incidents and even these stone-pelters are joining terrorism to promote attacks on the security forces and civilians.
Referring the last week instance, he said that a school bus carrying fifty children including nursery students of a private school in Shopian was attacked by the stone-pelters injuring the four years old student gravely besides horrifying others. In another instance on late Sunday night of May 6 two busses carrying tourists from Indonesia were attacked with stones near Dal Lake.
Two women tourists from Abu Dhabi suffered head injuries after being hit by stone throwers on their cab on the same Sunday night. Similarly a mob attacked a tourist bus at Awantipura and threw stones injuring two women from Uttar Pradesh. These incidents would work as road blocks to the tourism industry ahead of the peak season of tourism.
Commenting on the request made by Tamilnadu Chief Minister seeking safe return of more than 130 tourists presently visiting valley, Khajuria said that the heat of targeting tourists by the criminals at this crucial times has been felt by one and all related to tourism industry including hotels, houseboats and other stakeholders. “The downfall of the incident would be several hotels that would be facing huge number of cancellation calls from travel agents from across the country. This is also evident in the print media with references to statements of various political parties that with this brutal murder by stone-pelters have adverse affect on the state tourism at this crucial time, when tourism season has just started,” he added.
JPVM proposed to constitute a stringent and separate law for tourists’ murderers and attackers on the analogy of minor rapists.
Shri Amarnath Jee Yatra Welfare Society also condemned the incident and said that such incidents are not conducive to the growth of tourism in the Valley.
Raju Chandel, General Secretary of the Society said attacks on tourists in Valley will definitely affect tourism stakeholders in the Valley.
Senior JCC leader and President EJAC, Abdul Qayoom Wani while condemning the incident termed the killing of a tourist as shameful and unfortunate.
“Tourists are our esteemed guests but such type of inhuman acts are unacceptable which tells upon the human character and hospitality of Kashmiri people,” Wani added.
State President Hindustan Shiv Sena, Vikrant Kapoor strongly condemned the killing of a Tamil Nadu based tourist. He appealed to the government to take stern action against the stone pelters for targeting the tourists and the pilgrims in the past. He asked government to immediately stop granting amnesty to the stone pelters and should make stringent laws for targeting and killing the tourists in the State.
“Such acts defame the name of people of the State and also effect on the economy of the state,” he added. In view of upcoming Amarnath pilgrimage, he warned government to provide foolproof security to the Amarnath Yatris so that their journey to J&K will prove remarkable.
The workers of Dogra Front and Shiv Sena under the leadership of President Ashok Gupta held a protest against the killing of a tourist in a stone pelting in Valley. Gupta demanded issuing of the white paper on the death of a young boy stating that the stone pelter who killed the Chennai boy was the beneficiary of the amnesty scheme.

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