Magam (Kashmir): Jammu and Kashmir
Agriculture Minister Ghulam Hassan Mir on Tuesday made an
objectionable gesture towards journalists after he was asked
to respond to allegations of fleecing of tourists at the
resorts falling in his assembly constituency.
"What you have got to do with this (fleecing of
tourists)? Let me see how your story affects me!," Mir said as
he waved his middle finger at the scribes.
The journalists had asked the minister, who represents
Gulmarg assembly constituency, to respond to allegations that
tourists were being charged exorbitant prices for petty
services at Tangmarg and Gulmarg resorts.
A group of tourists, returning from Gulmarg approched the
reporters, who were covering a function where the minister was
scheduled to arrive, with their complaints.
They alleged that they were charged Rs 500 as daily rent
for a jacket, Rs 200 for snow-shoes and Rs 100 for
A state government official, on condition of anonymity,
said the police was willing to act against the "erring"
shopkeepers but were prevented by the minister.