Jammu & Kashmir: 2 Kashmiris killed in gunbattle with Indian soldiers

  • Jammu & Kashmir: 2 Kashmiris killed in gunbattle with Indian soldiers

Jammu & Kashmir: 2 Kashmiris killed in gunbattle with Indian soldiers

Greater Kashmir reported that 12 protestors were injured in clashes with security forces in Sopore area of north Kashmir's Baramulla.

More than 50,000 people gathered for prayers at the Hazratbal shrine and over 40,000 at the Eidgah mosque.

Reports of similar clashes were also received from Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama districts of south Kashmir in which several policemen and protesters were injured. Forces had to fire smoke shells to disperse protesters in Anantnag, Sopore and old Srinagar, besides other places.

Sporadic clashes reportedly continued in Anantnag for over an hour. As tensions run high in the region, local police have been advised to avoid offering Eid prayers in isolated or general mosques or Eidgahs, according to a police advisory, days after a police officer was beaten to death by an angry mob outside a mosque.

Incidents of stone pelting after prayers reported from a few towns. In the backdrop of a lynching of a senior police officer by a mob outside the Jama Masjid in Srinagar on Thursday, Jammu and Kashmir Police had advised its personnel and VIPs not to offer Eid prayers in public places.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said the police "are showing maximum restraint because they think they are dealing with their own people", NDTV reported. In a video message to the people of the Valley, which has been witnessing unrest for almost a year, Singh said he conveys his Eid greetings to all Kashmiri brothers, sisters, youth, seniors and children from the bottom of his heart.

The authorities have placed secessionists 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 the Central Jail, Srinagar. "I firmly believe that this festival that celebrates humanity and goodness will bolster peace, brotherhood and happiness in the Valley", he said.