IGP denies pelting on tourist buses,terms valley safe for tourists.
Kashmir police chief Swayam Prakash Pani on Tuesday said that the Valley is a safe place for tourists and that they were looking into news reports suggesting that stones were thrown at a bus carrying tourists in Srinagar.
“Tourists are never targeted in Kashmir valley. We have seen that no untoward incident has happened with any tourist in Kashmir. They have always remained safe here,” Pani was quoted as having said by the KNS news agency.
When asked by the news agency that some buses carrying tourists were reportedly pelted with stones following Shopian killings on Sunday, he said that the police was looking into it. “Give me some time. I will officially comment on it,” he said while quickly adding: “I can assure that tourists are safe here”.
Director Tourism Kashmir, according to the report, refuted the reports of attack on tourist bus in Dalgate area of Srinagar. “We talked to the police but they said that no such incident happened in the area,” the news agency quoted the director as having said.
“Jammu and 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.