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Clashes reported amid Eid celebrations in Kashmir

Clashes reported amid Eid celebrations in Kashmir

Srinagar: Eid-ul-Fitr was today celebrated across Kashmiras people thronged mosques, shrines and Eidgahs for special prayers but a few incident of stone-pelting and clashes between protestors 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 athanksgiving 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 oldcity 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 andmajor towns of the Valley.

Barring a few incidents of stone-pelting after the prayers, the situationin the Valley remained peaceful. Clashes between protestors 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 AliGeelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, under housearrest, fearing that their presence at large Eid gatherings could sparkviolence, the officials said. JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik has been taken into preventive custody and lodged at Central Jail, Srinagar.


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