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Tourist Killed by Stone Throwing Protesters in Jammu and Kashmir A tourist from Tamil Nadu was killed when the vehicle in which he was traveling came under attack from stone-pelting protesters

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A tourist from Tamil Nadu was killed when the vehicle in which he was traveling came under attack from stone-pelting protesters in the Narbal area of Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir.

R Thirumani, 22, from Chennai was admitted to Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar after a stone hit him on his head early on Monday. He had slipped into a coma and passed away later in the day, local media reported.

A young woman from Handwara was also injured in the incident and has been admitted to a hospital for treatment.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti visited the hospital to express her condolence soon after the news of Thirumani’s death was confirmed.

On Tuesday, Mufti took to Twitter to condemn the killing and called for a “dialogue and outreach” to save Jammu and Kashmir for slipping into a “vortex of gloom.” “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,” she said.

Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who is also the elected representative from Beerwah constituency where Narbal is located, condemned the incident.

“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,” Abdullah said.

The state has been battling frequent protests, clashes and incidents of stone-pelting in the recent months. The government has been trying to revive tourism and this surely will not be welcome news to many planning a trip to the state.

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