Stone pelting, clashes in Kashmir on Eid

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Jun 2017 12:54:16



EID-UL-FITR was on Monday celebrated across Kashmir as people thronged mosques, shrines and Eidgahs for special prayers but a few incident of stone pelting and clashes between protesters and security forces were reported in the Valley.

Muslims from all walks of life started making a beeline to Eidgahs (prayer ground) or mosques for offering Eid prayers as a thanksgiving for the month-long fasting of Ramazan.
The biggest gathering was witnessed at Hazratbal shrine where more than 50,000 faithful offered prayers, officials said.

They said the second largest gathering was held at the Eidgah in the old city in which more than 40,000 people participated.

Big gatherings were also reported from Sonawar and Soura Shrines in the heart of the city, they said, adding that similar gatherings were held at all districts headquarters and major towns of the Valley.
Barring a few incidents of stone-pelting after the prayers, the situation in the Valley remained peaceful. Clashes between protesters and law enforcing agencies were reported from Sopore, Anantnag, Rajpora, Shopian towns and Safakadal area of the city. There were no reports of anyone getting hurt in these clashes.

The authorities have placed top separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, under house arrest, fearing that their presence at large Eid gatherings could spark violence, the officials said.

JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik has been taken into preventive custody and lodged at Central Jail, Srinagar.
Ramzan Eid passes off peacefully on LoC: AN eerie silence prevailed on the occasion of Eid along the LoC, which has witnessed 20 ceasefire violations, a BAT attack and two infiltration bids in the month of June in which four people, including three jawans, were killed. The lack of the rattle of guns came as some good news. “Guns are silent today.

There is no report of any firing and shelling by the Pakistani Army along the LoC,” a senior army officer said. The Pakistani Army breached the truce thrice on Sunday by firing small arms and shelling mortars on Army posts along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch sectors, drawing strong retaliation from Indian side.

There have been 20 ceasefire violations along the LoC and the International Border in Jammu region in the month of June in which three jawans and one civilian were killed.
Pakistani troops had on Saturday fired automatic weapons on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Poonch sector.
These violations came just days after an attack by a Pakistan special forces team that sneaked across the LoC into Poonch taking cover of heavy fire and killed two jawans while losing one of their men.
Pakistan’s Border Action Team comprises its army’s special forces personnel and terrorists.