Tourists never targeted, Kashmir a safe place: IGP
Stating that the tourists have never been targeted in Kashmir, IGP Kashmir Tuesday said Kashmir is a safe place for tourists and that police is looking into the authenticity of reports of stone-throwing on tourist buses.
“Tourists are never targeted in Kashmir valley. We have seen that no untoward incident has happened with any tourist in Kashmir. They always remain safe here,” IGP Swayam Prakash Pani said.
When asked about the reports that some buses carrying tourists were pelted with stones on Sunday, IGP said, “Police is looking into it. Give me some time I will officially comment on it.”
“I can assure that tourists are safe here”.
Director Tourism Kashmir said that no tourist was attacked especially in Dalgate Srinagar.
“We talked to police but they cleared it that no such incident happened in the area,” the Director said.
“Jammu Kashmir is the only state in the country which has zero crime record against tourists. The state has registered one lakh foreign tourist footfall in 2017, while the number of domestic tourists crossed 1 crore,” he said.
He maintained that had it been unsafe, we would not have had so many foreign and domestic tourists visiting Kashmir.
It is to mention here that national media has reported that on Sunday evening stone-throwing targeted tourists at three different places in the valley.
The newspaper has reported: “Late Sunday night, two buses carrying tourists from Indonesia were pelted with stones near Dal Lake. Prompt action by houseboat owners saved them. Two women tourists from Abu Dhabi suffered head injuries after being hit by stone thrown at their cab the airport on Sunday night. A Mob attacked a tourist bus at Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district and threw stones at it, injuring two women from UP.