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India greets tourists in IHK hotels with guns

Srinagar, June 05, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, at a time when India is running from post to pillar to lure tourists to the Valley to give an impression of normalcy in the territory, several hotels including the oldest one, Centaur Lakeview Hotel are a growing sign of fear for the tourists.

At Centaur hotel, gun is the first impression that greets tourists who visit the hotel for their accommodation during their trip to valley, said media reports quoting the hotel management.

Officials in Centaur hotel said that presence of Indian Central Reserve Police Force was acting as a spoilsport for the local population associating with the industry as tourists were not willing to book their accommodations in the hotel.

They said despite the low rates packages offered by the hotel authorities, none of the tourists booked their accommodations during their stay in valley.

“Even if some tourists book their accommodations through agents, they ask for refunding of their money and leave the hotel. They feel uncomfortable due to occupation of hotel by the forces,” the official said.

Interestingly, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Srinagar Syed Ashiq Hussain Bukhari also sent a letter to Commandant 61 Battalion CRPF regarding the issue however no development took place.

However, Inspector General, CRPF V S Yadav said they didn’t come to the Valley on their own “And it is the government’s responsibility to arrange accommodation for us.”

He said forces didn’t come here for SSP. “He cannot pass orders to vacate our accommodation. There is a proper system for this.” Meanwhile hotel officer said the forces officially admitted their occupation on 12 rooms. However, it was more than that on grounds.

Centaur hotel is raised with a five-star infrastructure and the current rental of the hotel is more than Rs 6500 for a double bedroom and Rs 5500 for a single bedroom per day. “The hotel has lost revenue of more than Rs 320.4 million on account of the CRPF occupation,” official in Centaur hotel said

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