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

Stone pelting by protesters against security forces was reported from Anathnag while clashes were reported from various places in the valley soon after Eid prayers. However, the crowd dispersed after almost 20 minutes. As per the report, security forces turned to shelling of tear gas and firing pellets after scores of protesters attempted to march towards the main chowk.

Clashes were also reported in the Sopore, Anantnag, Rajpora, Shopian and Safkadal areas in and on the fringes of the city.

They said the second largest gathering was held at the Eidgah in the old city in which more than 40,000 people participated.

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

Clashes were also reported after the congregational Eid prayers in Sopore and Pattan towns of Baramulla district.

Since then stone-pelters have been targeting the security forces deployed in Kashmir with stones.

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. The situation continued to remain tense in multiple locations in the valley.

The festival of Eid was celebrated with much fanfare across the State with people thronging mosques, shrines and Eidgahs for special prayers. After the incident, the Jammu and Kashmir Police asked its personnel to avoid Eid prayers in public places.

Meanwhile, moderate Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq tweeted, calling the government "shameless and coward".

For security reasons, several ministers, senior civil and police officers offered prayers at the district police lines Masjid in Srinagar at 6.30 am.

They added that Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik was taken into preventive custody and lodged at Central Jail, Srinagar, as a precautionary measure.

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