Fresh clashes in Kashmir after prayers mar Eid

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

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

Immediately after Eid prayers people in large numbers took to the streets in Srinagar, Islamabad, Bijbehara, Kulgam, Pampore, Pulwama, Shopian, Sopore, Kishtwar and other parts of occupied Kashmir.

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.

On some of the occasions, the security personnel had to use pellet guns also to stop the unruly people on the roads of Kashmir from targeting the Army and the police.

The Indian Express reported that to contain the stone-pelting incidents, police used teargas to disperse crowds after locals resorted to stone-pelting in Anantnag.

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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 sporadic clashes continued in Anantnag for over an hour. Despite restraint by security forces, incidents of stone pelting and clashes were reported.

On June 23, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mohammed Ayub Pandith in Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) was lynched to death by a violent mob.

For security reasons, many ministers and senior civil and police officers offered prayers at the district police lines mosque here at 6.30 a.m.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police have asked its personnel to avoid Id prayers in public places after the killing of the officer.

However, the Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a tweet said, "It has been eight years now on this Eid that I have not been allowed to offer Eid prayers and deliver Eid sermon at the Eidgah by the shameless and coward government".

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