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VHP asks Gujarat people to stop visiting Kashmir

VHP asked people to boycott Kashmiri goods like carpets, apples, handicrafts and shawls.

india Updated: May 27, 2006 01:10 IST

Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Friday asked the people of Gujarat to stop visiting Kashmir and boycott goods from the Valley following the killing of Gujarati tourists in a grenade attack in Srinagar on Friday.

"Stop giving our tourism money to Kashmiri Jehadis. They may make bombs out of it," VHP General Secretary Pravin Togadiya said while calling for boycott of Kashmiri goods in the country.

Strongly condemning Thursday's terrorist attack on Surat-based tourists in Kashmir that killed four -- three children and an adolescent girl -- and injured six others, Togadiya in a statement issued in Ahmedabad also asked the people of Gujarat and other parts of the country to stop visiting Kashmir.

"Innocent tourists from the country go to Kashmir with families to enjoy holidays incurring heavy financial costs. In return they get bombs and gruesome death.

"Every year, Jammu and Kashmir government places misleading advertisements and news items on television channels painting Kashmir as heaven and ensure people that they are there to help tourists. However, they are not able to ensure safety of tourists," Togadia said.

He further said, "It is high time we boycott Kashmiri goods like carpets, apples, handicrafts and shawls."

"Without local support it is impossible for jehadis to survive. Boycotting Kashmiri goods and tourism in that state is a peaceful answer to terrorist movement going on in that state," the VHP general secretary said.