Viral Message: A news article by times of India claiming that Tourists attacked in Kashmir at multiple locations turns out to be fake as various media and local journalist claim it never happened

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Late Sunday night, two buses carrying tourists from Indonesia were pelted with stones near Dal Lake. Prompt action by houseboat owners saved them. Two women tourists from Abu Dhabi suffered head injuries after being hit by stones thrown at their cab the airport on Sunday night. They were hospitalised. A mob attacked a tourist bus at Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district and threw stones at it, injuring two women from UP.

The attack took place on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway around 9pm when more than 100 men pelted stones at the bus, which was taking tourists on a city tour. The two injured were taken to Sri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital in Srinagar. "The two injured women were discharged after being given first-aid. Their vehicle was damaged," a senior government official said.

(As quoted in Times of India)

Viral Message Verification:-  The news article of times of India looks like fake as many say it never happened. The news article was published on April 3 (archive here)

The ANI reported that Apropos news item regarding tourists being injured in stone pelting, as per Police no such incident of stone pelting took place. 2 tourist got minor injuries on Apr 1 as vehicles came in area where pelting was going on.There has been no designed attack on any tourist: J&K Police


Ahmed Ali Fayyaz, Independent Journalist posted on twitter

I checked with all sources. All said this is 'fake news'. No tourist has returned in panic. 1200 arrived in, 1000 went back. Not one reported at airport MI Room. No incident in Srinagar. 1 stone hit a bus near Awantipora at 8:30 pm. 2 ladies from UP sustained superficial injuries

Like many friends, I can't be quick to issue template judgment that @timesofindia news is "only to defame the Kashmiris". But it's fact that it is INCORRECT and professionals should be extremely careful in verifying inputs from different sources @nazir_masoodi @ndtv

Omar Abdullah at one point also too this news seriously but later deleted the post


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Chetan Sharma is an Indian fact-checker and news writer, writing news for Ayupp since 2014.

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