With mounting attacks on tourists threatening to hit the tourism industry in Jammu and Kashmir, the growing resentment among the locals for terrorism has come as a relief, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Thursday.
In a meeting with West Bengal's Tourism Minister Manabendra Mukherjee and Principal Secretary (Tourism) GD Gautam, Azad said the recent incident in which people nabbed a terrorist minutes after he lobbed a grenade at the Tourism Resource Centre in Srinagar on Tuesday indicated a positive turn of affairs.
Mukherjee and Gautam were in Srinagar to oversee the airlifting of the bodies of six tourists from West Bengal who died in grenade attacks on Tuesday.
Condoling the loss of lives in the blasts, Azad expressed concern at the exodus of tourists after the attacks.
The blasts were the handiwork of a few gun-wielding elements "who do not represent Kashmir as a whole", he said.
Recalling that Kashmir got 80 per cent of its tourists from West Bengal, Gujarat and Maharashtra, he assured Mukherjee that the people in Srinagar were protectors of travellers, as they did not want the local economy to be affected by the violence.