Hotels in Agra boycotting Kashmiri tourists after Pulwama attacks

For various reasons, Indian people cutting across religious, caste and lingual lines seem to be very angry with the Kashmiri people. In Agra, hotel owners, many of whom have put up boards asking Kashmiri touristy to stay away. The primary cause of anger of the Indian people against those from the Kashmir is the belief that they prefer terrorists over security forces.

Rajjab Ali, manager of Kishan tourist lodge said, “Our 46 jawans and officers have been killed in various terrorist activities post February 14 in Kashmir, but still local residents support militants instead of paying homage to slain soldiers. It needs to stop or we will not allow them in our hotels.”

He added, “The ban will continue in the hotel until our martyrs are not served justice. We need double heads of Pakistani soldiers who often kill our men in ceasefire violations.”

Rohit, manager of Hotel Riz said, “As an Indian I support Indian defence forces unlike Kashmiri who see our soldiers as enemies. We won’t allow any Kashmiri resident to stay in our hotel until they don’t stop engaging in stone-pelting against our forces and target them.”

The Agra Hotel association however denied any such boycott of the Kashmiri tourists. Ramesh Wadhwa, president of Agra hotel association said, “We don’t support such protest against Kashmiri nationals, as they too are Indians. Every Kashmiri tourist or resident can fearlessly travel and stay in our hotels.”