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22-year-old Chennai tourist dies in Kashmir during stone-pelting
A 22-year-old tourist from Chennai was killed during stone-pelting in Kashmir on Monday. He was hit on the head by a stone and was taken to Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, but could not sustain the injuries.

The tourist has been identified as R Thirumani. He along with his parents was traveling in a car which came under attack by stone-pelters in Narbal area on the Srinagar-Gulmarg road in Jammu and Kahmir on Monday morning. Their car was one among the several vehicles that was targeted. The man was part of a 40-member group which was travelling to a Gulmarg ski resort when they came under attack.

This is the second such incident in this month in which tourists have become the targets of stone-pelters. Five tourists were injured when stones were pelted on three vehicles at Aishmuqam in Anantnag on May 1.

The police have registered a case against the stone-pelters and are investigating the matter to identify the culprits.

"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," Jammu and Kashmir's former CM Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter.

Launching a direct attack on the Chief Minister of the state, Omar further wrote, "The J&K Govt has failed, the CM has failed, the BJP-PDP alliance has failed. How much blood will have to be shed in Kashmir before the Hon PM realises the gravity of the situation in J&K? When will enough finally be enough?"

This incident could mark the beginning of a tectonic shift in the situation in Kashmir as even during the worst times, the Valley has been known as a place with zero attacks on the tourists.

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