The Jammu and Kashmir government has created a helpline for tourists who are either on a visit or intend to visit Kashmir for their safety and free movement in the Valley. The development comes two days after the killing of a tourist from Chennai in a stone-pelting incident at Narbal area of summer capital Srinagar.
“In view of the unfortunate incident in the Valley on Monday, the Department of Tourism, Kashmir, has started the helpline numbers and activated its officers at prime tourist destinations and tourist police to ensure smooth movement of tourists and their comfortable stay. Tourists have been appealed not to panic,” the department said while releasing the helpline numbers.
Sixteen officers, including director, Kashmir Tourism, have been directed to maintain liaison with the tourists and ensure their comfortable visit to the Kashmir Valley.
On Monday, 22-year-old tourist R Thirumani from Chennai was on his way to a resort in Gulmarg with his parents when their vehicle was stoned by miscreants. He later succumbed to his injuries. This is the second incident this month in which tourists were targeted by protesters. On May 1, five tourists were injured when three vehicles were stoned at Aishmuqam in Anantnag.