Gaiety, piety and fervour mark Id

Gaiety, piety and fervour mark Id

Muslims offer the early morning Eid-ul-Fitr prayer at the Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi on Monday. AFP

Lakhs of Muslims dressed in their festive best greeted each other, exchanged gifts and enjoyed special sweet dishes.

In the national capital, Muslims gathered at various mosques, including the historic Jama Masjid, to offer prayers seeking peace, progress and prosperity. In Mumbai, thousands of Muslims offered prayers and sought blessings at several mosques in the city including the famous Haji Ali Dargah, Mahim Shrine and Jama Masjid among others.

In Patna, Muslims assembled at the historic Gandhi Maidan and different mosques to offer namaaz seeking blessings for peace, prosperity and welfare of their families. In Hyderabad,  Muslims offered prayers at the historic Mir Alam Idgah and mosques.

Police had to burst smoke shells and resort to lathi charge at Haiderpora in Kashmir as some people tried to break in the security cordon and enter  into the residence of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman of the hard line faction of the Hurriyat Conference. Geelani is under house arrest after his release from jail two weeks ago. The incident occurred immediately after the prayers. Half a dozen persons sustained injuries in the incident.

Huge Eid congregations were held in shrines and mosques across the Valley. The biggest congregation was held at the Hazratbal shrine here where one lakh devotees, including Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and his father and Union Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah, offered prayers.

Meanwhile, a 16-year-old girl was shot dead by a militant in Batpora-Akhaal in Kangan area. As the first rays of the sun shone in the valley, it was the last day of Dilshada who was killed by a Pakistani militant belong to LeT in her home for spurning his advances. Police claimed that as per initial probe the militant identified as Babar had been stalking the girl and was pressurising her to marry him.

40 women fall ill after putting mehendi

Forty women from a north Orissa village were hospitalised on Monday when they fell ill after applying Mehendi on their hands during the Id celebrations, reports DHNS from Bhubaneswar. The condition of fifteen of these women is stated to be serious.  As soon as the women belonging to a village near Bant area of Bhadrak district started applying the Mehendi on their hands, they felt uncomfortable and some of them became unconscious. The villagers had reportedly purchased the adulterated Mehendi from a small time vendor from Kolkata.

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