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After 57 days of unrest in Kashmir, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday visited the family of a victim of security forces firing in Kulgam district and said everyone should strive for peace in the state.
“Visited the family of late Mashooq Ahmed, firing victim of Kund, Kulgam and offered heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family,” Mehbooba said in a Facebook post.
This is first time the Chief Minister visited the residence of any of the people killed in the violence. She had earlier met some of the families of firing victims on July 21 in south Kashmir but the meeting was arranged in a government place.
The Chief Minister also posted a short video and photographs, taken during her interaction with the bereaved family on her Facebook page. “The loss of human lives is a colossal tragedy and every one should strive for peace in J&K,” she wrote.
Seventy people have died in the unrest that was triggered a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8.
According to the official figures gathered from most of the major hospitals, 8904 civilians who were injured during the action of forces were received in the government hospitals across Kashmir. Each second hour an eye of a person is hit by the pellets fired by the forces – 664 persons have been admitted in the Ophthalmology department of Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital of Srinagar since July 9.
The data analysis of the number of injured received from Kashmir hospitals excluding Budgam district reveals that out of the 8904 civilians seen by doctors in the district, sub-district and tertiary hospitals, 6270 people were hurt during the protests that have taken place at district headquarters and in villages of south, central and north Kashmir. Most of the injured people belong to south Kashmir districts that have seen most of the civilian killings during the ongoing protests.