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Kashmir traders, tourism stakeholders stage protest against attack on yatris
Demand stern action against those involved
SRINAGAR, July 11: Several traders and people associated with tourism sector in valley staged protest demonstration on Tuesday against the attack and killing of Amarnath on yatris on Monday evening. Scores of businessman and tour operators held protests here at press enclave Srinagar and condemned the attack on yatris by unidentified gunmen.

At least seven yatris were killed and scores injured when unidentified gunmen fired indiscriminately on vehicle carrying yatra pilgrims in Anantnag area.

The protesters decried the killing of pilgrims and demanded stern action against those involved in the attack. The protesters said that there must be an international probe into the attack so that the perpetrators are brought to book immediately.

On Monday evening, seven Amarnath yatris were killed in Batengoo area of Anantnag district in South east along Srinagar Jammu national highway in the attack.

While the incident has evoked widespread anger and anguish among the all quarters across Kashmir valley, people from all sectors have been demanding immediate action vis a vis the incident.

“We strongly condemn the brutal attack on Amarnath pilgrims. It is barbaric. We demand an independent and international probe into the incident immediately. Those who have carried out such dastardly act must be identified and punished as soon as possible," the protesting members of tour associations said.

The traders were carrying placards condemning the attack on Amarnath yatris. They said such incident has never occurred in Kashmir and it depicted that there was a deep conspiracy of erupting communal hatred among different groups.

"There should an independent probe into the incident to ascertain everything behind it. These incidents are not only aimed at provoking communal tensions but to impact the tourism sector adversely. Because of this incident the tourism sector might be badly influenced," the protesting traders said.

The protesters said that the killing of Amarnath yatris was against the very realms of Kashmiryat. They appealed that tourists should not stop visiting Kashmir but instead come to this place and enjoy the hospitality Kashmiris are known for towards their guests.

“The tourists should not worry after this incident. They should come and visit this place without any hitch. We are here to take care of them," protesting businessmen said.

News Updated at : Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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