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Some elements hell-bent on fomenting trouble in Kashmir: Mufti

PTI7_6_2016_000207B Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti giving Eedi (Eid gift) to a boy during Eid celebrations at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar on Wednesday | PTI Photo

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Monday that some elements are hell-bent on fomenting trouble and mayhem in Kashmir for their vested interests playing with the lives of innocent youth by instigating them to indulge in violence "resulting in a vicious cycle of frenzy and bloodshed".

She sought the wholehearted cooperation of the people in restoration of peace and normalcy in the valley to prevent further loss of precious lives and destruction of public and private properties.

Without identifying anyone, the chief minister, who was interacting with civil society members, said while certain quarters are only interested in playing politics over the dead bodies of youth, it is the family members of these slain youth who have to live with this pain forever.

"It is only the parents and other immediate family- members of these ill-fated youth who have to live with the life-long trauma of losing their near and dear ones to this senseless violence," she said.

There are hundreds of such families in Kashmir today who have lost their near and dear ones to the violence, one way or the other, and have been left at the mercy of the God, she said.

Most of these families are living in such miserable conditions that they have to even struggle for day-to-day living, she said.

Mehbooba said "while hundreds and thousands of people may be attending the funerals of the slain youth, tell me how many of these people then bother to visit these anguished families to help them out of difficult circumstances?"

The chief minister said that the government is, however, alive to the abject condition of such distressed families and "we will try to work out a mechanism to ensure a secure and dignified living for the kith and kin of the victims of violence so that their families do not have to run from pillar to post to live a normal life.

"It is the responsibility of the Government to reach out to such families", she added.

Mehbooba said that the government is taking various measures to restore calm and it needs the support of the people in this endeavour.

"I appeal to all sections of the society including the political leaders, media, the religious heads, the business community and the prominent citizens to rise to the occasion and help the government in restoring peace and normalcy in the Kashmir in the wake of the prevailing law and order situation," Mehbooba said.

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