Rebels kill 1 Indian soldier, wound 3 in Kashmir

  • Rebels kill 1 Indian soldier, wound 3 in Kashmir

Rebels kill 1 Indian soldier, wound 3 in Kashmir

In occupied Kashmir, Eid-ul-Fitr, today, was marked by forceful anti-India demonstrations and clashes between Indian troops and protestors.

Authorities detained some Hurriyet political leaders to try to avert trouble on Eid, the day of festivities that marks the end of the Ramazan fasting month.

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 youth, some of them wearing bandanas or three-hole balaclavas to hinder recognition while chanting "we want freedom" took out a protest but when confronted by the security forces they started hurling rocks at them.

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.

Police had to fire tear gas shells in Srinagar, where two Central Reserve Police Force soldiers suffered injuries after being hit by stones.

Police didn't allow moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar, who is also head priest of Kashmir to deliver traditional Eid sermon at Eidgah in old city by placing him under house arrest.

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

Daily troubles left 51 people dead during Ramadan in the Indian-administered territory, which is also claimed by Pakistan, according to the Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society.

India last week deployed two additional army battalions-about 2,000 troops-to troubled regions in the southern Kashmir area, the Press Trust of India reported.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since their partition in 1947. More than 70,000 people have reportedly been killed in the conflict since 1989.