Three tourists including Italian couple sent back, another to leave tomorrow


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Srinagar: Government of Jammu and Kashmir Thursday deported Italian couple and a citizen from United States of America.

The ticket for remaining tourist from Russia is in transit and they are likely to be deported on Friday.

Pertinently, despite ban on foreign tourists from entering Kashmir, the Government Wednesday allowed the entry of at least four foreign tourists including a couple from Italy into Kashmir Valley.

The entry of foreign tourists has been banned in Jammu and Kashmir as a precautionary measure to slow the spread of novel coronavirus.

The order to ban the entry of foreign tourists was recently issued by Baseer Khan, the Adviser to the Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chanra Marmu.

A top official from the Government told that among the four tourists, three were sent back on Thursday while the fourth one is leaving Kashmir on Friday. The official admitted that there was laxity on part of the authorities who allowed entry of these tourists.

Official added that these tourists including the Italian couple were kept under vigil and on Thursday they were directed to leave from Kashmir. He said that an inquiry has already been ordered to find out how these tourists entered into Kashmir. (KNT)

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