Clashes reported amid Eid celebrations in Kashmir

Claudine Rigal
Juin 26, 2017

The clash erupted soon after tens of thousands of people poured out of the Eidgah - a large ground located in downtown Srinagar - after offering Eid prayers. The Eid-ul-Fitr, that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, is being celebrated in Kashmir on Monday. The Indian forces fired tear gas shells and pellet guns at stone-throwing protesters that resulted in injuries to at least ten people.

Amid all this, the Home Minister's confidence that Eid will bring peace and happiness in the Valley somewhere indicates that the government has some special plans to deal with the situation of unrest in Kashmir. 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".

In case of rain, the Eid-ul-Fitr prayers would be held at central mosque Jamia Masjid Srinagar at the fixed time. Many waved Pakistan flags.

Clashes between protestors and law enforcing agencies were reported from Sopore, Anantnag, Rajpora, Shopian towns and Safakadal area of the city. Prior to Eid prayers Mirwaiz Umar Farooq would shed light on the philosophy of Eid al-Fitr in his sermon from 9:00 am.

Kashmir is expected to remain tense in the run-up to the July 8 anniversary of the killing of separatist commander Burhan Wani.

"I pray to almighty Allah that may this Eid bring us happiness peace and deliverance from tyranny and occupation", he said. Both claim the Himalayan region in its entirety.

Rajesh Yadav, an Indian paramilitary force spokesman, said the insurgents attacked a paramilitary patrol vehicle with gunfire on a key highway connecting the Kashmir Valley to the rest of India on Saturday.

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