Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Clashes And Eid Celebrations Go Together In Kashmir

Clashes And Eid Celebrations Go Together In Kashmir

The valley saw no respite from tension even on Eid.

Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated throughout the country today with religious fervour and zeal.

A mob resorted to stone pelting at Janglat Mandi in Anantnag town immediately after the prayers. The unprecedented incidents had sent shock waves through the police force, prompting the Vaid to issue a warning: "Militants should realise they too have families". "They (police personnel) are my children, so we will advise them to take precautions", he told reporters when asked about the advisory which comes in the backdrop of a mob lynching of Deputy Superintendent Police Mohammad Ayub Pandith outside the historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of old city on Thursday during Shab-e-Qadar prayers.

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More than 50,000 people gathered for prayers at the Hazratbal shrine and over 40,000 at the Eidgah mosque. Many waved Pakistan flags.

Separatist leaders Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq kept under house arrest as their presence on Eid could incite violence, officials said.

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

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There has been a situation of unrest in the Valley after the encounter of Hizbul Mujahedeen terrorist Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016, at the hands of the Indian Army.

India last week deployed about 2,000 extra troops in southern Kashmir, according to media reports.

Conveying his Eid greetings, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said the festival will help in bringing peace and happiness in the Kashmir Valley.In a video message to the people of the Valley, which has been witnessing unrest for almost a year, Singh said he conveys his Eid greetings to all Kashmiri brothers, sisters, youth, seniors and children from the bottom of his heart. Both claim the Himalayan region in its entirety.

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