Eid celebrations underway in Kashmir, clashes reported

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 27, 2017

However, the crowd dispersed after almost 20 minutes.

On some of the occasions, the security personnel had to use pellet guns also to stop the unruly people on the roads of Kashmir from targeting the Army and the police.

IANS mentioned that at least 10 protesters were injured in the clashes in Anantnag, Sopore, Kulgam, Pulwama and Pattan towns, the state police said.

Five policemen, including a senior officer, were injured in the south Kashmir town of Anantnag after protesters took on the security forces in Janglat Mandi area immediately after Eid prayers.

There were no reports of anyone getting hurt in these clashes.

Clashes were reported in various parts of IHK on Monday, including Sopore, Anantnag, Rajpora, Shopian and Srinagar's Safakadal area, Hindustan Times reported.

Since then stone-pelters have been targeting the security forces deployed in Kashmir with stones. However, there were no reports of any casualties from Monday's stone pelting incidents.

However, the celebration went off peacefully with tens of thousands of Muslims offering special Id prayers in Eidgahs (prayer grounds), mosques and hospices elsewhere.

Here it may be mentioned that the Kashmir Inspector General of Police on Sunday issued an advisory, asking the VIPs to offer Eid prayers only at protected places and avoid public places. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mohammad Ayub Pandith was allegedly stripped naked and stoned to death by the mob as he was seen clicking pictures of people coming out of the mosque.

Authorities detained some Hurriyet political leaders to try to avert trouble on Eid, the day of festivities that marks the end of the Ramazan fasting month.

Police didn't allow moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar, who is also head priest of Kashmir to deliver traditional Eid sermon at Eidgah in old city by placing him under house arrest. It said police personnel will offer Id prayers in mosques in district police lines in Srinagar.

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