SRINAGAR: Though the Eid celebrations remained low-key, it did not prevent youth at various places from resorting to protests that eventually ended up in clashes with the police and paramilitary forces. More than a dozen clashes were reported from across Kashmir and some are still going on at various places.
Authorities in Srinagar had prevented the Eid prayers gathering at TRC and Radpora in old city but permitted the Eidgah gathering. However, it did not permit Mirwaiz Umer Farooq to lead the prayers.
This situation led to protests in Eidgah and Gaw Kadal where the youth clashed with police. It was stone pelting versus tear smoke shelling. The clashes momentarily led to the closure of all celebrations in the area and the hawkers selling toys and eatables to children also left.
From almost every major town in south Kashmir, a protest was reported. In Islamabad, after the Eid prayers were over, a good gathering of youth engaged police in a clash near Ashaji Pora. In fact the youth came from two major spots where the Eid prayers were offered, Hanfia Eidgah and Jamiat Ahli Hadees Eidgah. The two sides were engaged in intermittent clashes when this report was filed. In one of the two Eidgah’s, there were life size banners featuring the slain Hizb militants, witnesses said, adding various persons suffered injuries in the clashes. Similar posters were in Shopian Eidgah as well which, after prayers, were seized by cops.
Similar reports of protests were reported from Kulgam, Shopian, Qazigund, Devsar and many other major villages.
Clashes were also reported from Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and other areas of south Kashmir on Monday.
In north Kashmir, reports of post-prayer clashes between youth and police were received from Palhallan and Sopore. Police sources said after prayers, a number of youth raised slogans and they were cased away. They said they have no idea of any injury.