Rajnath hopes Eid will help in bringing peace in Kashmir

Katrina Barker
June 27, 2017

At least 10 people were injured as protesters clashed with security forces in India-held Kashmir (IHK) after Eid prayers, according to Indian media reports.

Clashes between protestors and law enforcing agencies were reported from Sopore, Anantnag, Rajpora, Shopian towns and Safakadal area of the city.

A mob resorted to stone pelting at Janglat Mandi in Anantnag town after the Eid prayers, forcing police to burst tea as shells.

The clashes, with young men hurling stones at forces, then spread to adjoining Achabal area in Anantnag district.

The Indian Express report further mentioned that Sopore and Srinagar also witnessed clashes.

Indian security forces put an outskirt of Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir, under security lockdown as they battled two rebels who took shelter in a school building after killing one paramilitary officer and wounding another soldier.

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. After about 20 minutes, the crowd dispersed. The situation continued to remain tense in multiple locations in the valley.

Jammu and Kashmir's Inspector General of Police on Sunday issued an advisory, asking VIPs to offer Eid prayers only at secure places and to avoid public places.

Top resistance leaders, Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, were placed under house arrest to prevent them from addressing any Eid gathering.

But visitor numbers have dipped in recent years amid unrest in the strife-torn region, with violence rising since the death of a popular militant leader last year.

A large number of devotees prayed at the Hazratbal and other mosques and Eidgahs in the Valley.

For security reasons, several ministers, senior civil and police officers offered prayers at the district police lines Masjid in Srinagar at 6.30 am.

Other reports by AllAboutTopnews

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