How does pelting stones on school children or tourist buses help advance the agenda of these stone pelters? These attacks deserve our unequivocal condemnation this tweet is mine. https://t.co/cncux82E6k
Reacting to the latest incident, former CM Omar Abdullah tweeted, "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."
"My head hangs in shame. It's very sad and heartbreaking," incumbent CM Mehbooba Mufti said.
Such incidents likely to hit J&K's tourism sector hard
Such incidents don't bode well for a state dependent on tourism. Since the 2016 unrest, the sector has revived somewhat, but is still weak.
According to officials, the season got off to a good start this year, better than 2017, but frequent shutdowns, encounters and clashes will deter arrivals.
Stakeholders are expecting domestic arrivals to peak this month, but only if things remain well.