May 2018 News

Omar Calls Stone-pelters 'goons'

8 May 2018
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has condemned the killing of a tourist hailing from Tamil Nadu during stone pelting incident in Narbal area on Srinagar-Gulmarg road here. 'We've 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& their methods,' Omar said in a series of tweets. A 22-year-old tourist, R Thirumani, from Chennai was critically injured in a stone pelting incident at Narbal yesterday morning. He was shifted to a hospital here for treatment but succumbed to injuries, police said. '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,' Omar said. The NC working president also wished speedy recovery to a girl from Handwara who was also injured due to stone pelting. 'I'm also pained to know that among the injured from the stone pelting in Narbal is a young woman from Handwara in North Kashmir. I pray she & the others injured make a quick recovery,' he said. Omar lashed out at the government saying the PDP-BJP ruling alliance was a failure. 'The J&K Govt has failed, the CM (Mehbooba Mufti) has failed, the BJP-PDP alliance has failed. How much blood will have to be shed in Kashmir before the PM (NarendraModi) realises the gravity of the situation in J&K? When will enough finally be enough?' he asked.