Sporadic clashes amid Eid celebrations in Kashmir

Randolph Lopez
June 27, 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 government forces in India-held Kashmir were locked in an intense battle on Sunday with armed militants who took cover in a school after opening fire on a group of soldiers on the eve of Eid, police said.

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

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

The Indian Express report further mentioned that Sopore and Srinagar also witnessed clashes. However, the crowd dispersed after almost 20 minutes.

The security forces used tear smoke shells and pellet shotguns to disperse the protesters.

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Incidents of stone pelting after prayers reported from a few towns.

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.

"The security forces are exercising maximum restraint while dealing with the stone-pelting mobs", a senior police officer here said.

The victim, Mohammed Ayub Pandith, the deputy superintendent for the security wing of the Jammu and Kashmir state police, had gone to a mosque in Srinagar, the Jamia Masjid, on Thursday for prayers on Shab-e-Qadr.

Meanwhile, the authorities had placed all Hurriyet leaders, including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik and Shabbir Ahmed Shah, under house arrest and in police stations.

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. Innocent families returning from the mosques after the Eid prayers were caught.

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