Rajnath conveys peace message to Kashmir on Eid

Clashes amid Eid celebrations in Kashmir

Rajnath Singh sends message of peace to Kashmir on occasion of Eid

According to Anjuman-e-Awqaf Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, Eid-ul-Fitr prayers would be held at the historic Eidgah in Srinagar at 10 AM. Indian government forces fired tear gas and pellet guns at protesters brandishing Pakistani flags as the disputed territory of Kashmir marked the Muslim festival of Eid today. However, there were no reports of any casualties from Monday's stone pelting incidents.

Civilians have been killed as they try to stop police and troops arresting militants.

Sporadic clashes reportedly continued in Anantnag for over an hour.

Devotees were seen offering Eid prayers at the Hazratbal shrine and other mosques and Eidgahs in the valley. Many waved Pakistan flags.

The clashes were mainly reported from Sopore, Anantnag, Rajpora, Shopian towns and Safa Kadal areas of Kashmir, which has witnessed several incidents of violence and extremism in the recent past.

Security personnel should offer Eid prayers only at protected places, said the advisory issued by Inspector General of Police, Kashmir zone, in wake of lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police Muhammad Ayub Pandit on Friday.

The authorities have placed top separatist leaders, 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.

Kashmir has been in a phase of unrest since previous year when Indian security forces killed Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

To extend his greetings to the people in the Kashmir Valley on the occasion of Eid, Rajnath Singh released a special video message in which he said, "I am fully confident that the festival of Eid will be helpful in bringing peace, brotherhood and happiness in Kashmir Valley and pave the way for a new dawn there".

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