21 J&K cops injured in clashes post Eid prayers

21 J&K cops injured in clashes post Eid prayers

Youth shout slogans, raise Pakistani, IS flags

21 J&K cops injured in clashes post Eid prayers

More than 30 people, including 21 policemen, were injured in stone-pelting incidents across the Kashmir Valley post Eid-ul-Fitr prayers on Wednesday.

 Authorities have placed separatist leaders under house arrest. Anantnag district Additional Superintendent of Police Mubashir Bukhari was hit in the stomach.

Reports said soon after Eid prayers, angry youth raising anti-India slogans assembled in various parts of the Valley and threw stones on security forces who retaliated with
teargas. 

A police spokesperson said 21 police and paramilitary personnel were injured in clashes, including two officers, insisting that the situation nonetheless remained normal across the Valley.

Four protesters and a photojournalist with a local magazine were injured in the scuffles at Safakadal near Eidgah in the city as security personnel fired pellet guns and tear smoke shells to disperse the mob.

A group of masked youth also raised Pakistani and IS  flags during the protests outside Eidgah, Srinagar’s main prayer ground.

Raising Pakistan and IS flags has become frequent ever since the People's Democratic Party (PDP)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government came to power in the state early last year.

Reports from Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district said protesters were injured in clashes with police post Eid prayers.

Witnesses described skirmishes after forces used teargas and chilli-grenades to disperse the youth hoisting IS flags at Jamia Masjid in the town. Violence was also reported in south Kashmir’s Anantnag town.

Authorities placed hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali
Geelani, moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik under house arrest fearing unrest.

Mirwaiz, who was to lead the Eid prayers at Eidgah as Kashmir’s head priest, condemned the use of force against the devotees.

Greetings on border

Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers greeted each other and exchanged sweets at seven places along the international border on the occasion of Eid, PTI reported.

Modi greets leaders of Muslim nations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday greeted his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif and leaders of  other Muslim nations on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, DHNS reports from New Delhi. While greeting Sharif, Modi also enquired about his health. Sharif had undergone a heart surgery in London.

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