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Tourist’s death: Cops arrest one stone throwerThe police have arrested one suspect in connection with the death of a Chennai tourist in a stone-throwing incident on Monday.The incident occurred around 11.30 am on Monday when four tourist vehicles, which were going to Gulmarg, came under heavy stone-throwing near Narbal village. R Thirumani, 23, was injured during stone-throwing. Later, he succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Srinagar.Budgam Superintendent of Police (SSP) Tejinder Singh said the police had started investigation into the case. “The matter is under investigation. One person has been arrested and efforts are on to nab around five more suspects involved in the incident at the Narbal crossing,” Tejinder Singh said.Meanwhile, the body of the tourist was sent to Chennai by air.“We have sent Thirumani’s body in an Indigo flight to Chennai after completing all medico-legal formalities. Four family members were also sent in the same flight,” a police official said.Thirumani and his family had come to Kashmir by road for a five-day trip. After resting in Srinagar, they were going to Gulmarg on Monday when the incident occurred.Thirumani, who had studied at DRBCCC Hindu College, was working with Accenture, Chennai.

Incident blot on Kashmir’s value system: CM Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has strongly condemned the killing of a tourist from Chennai in a stone-throwing incident at Narbal on Monday. In a statement, the Chief Minister said the killing of 23-year-old R Thirumani was heartbreaking and it was against the Kashmiri ethos of hospitality and respect for guests. “I have no words strong enough to condemn this tragic incident,” she said in a statement. She described the incident as a blot on the cultural value system of Kashmir and an attempt to bulldoze the economy of the place. Immediately after the incident, the Chief Minister rushed to Police Hospital, Srinagar, on Monday evening  and met the parents of Thirumani. She conveyed the sympathies of the people of the state to the bereaved family while directing the administration to extend all support and help to them in this hour of grief.Death unfortunate: Separatists Separatist leaders on Tuesday termed the  death of Chennai tourist R Thirumani in a stone-throwing incident as unfortunate and highly condemnable. “People of Kashmir have always welcomed tourists as our guests even in the most trying of times and this practice will never change. We urge the youth to maintain discipline while protesting against the atrocities by government forces,” said Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik in a joint statement