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Clashes amid Eid celebrations in Kashmir as HM Singh hoping for peace

27 June 2017

At least 10 people were injured as protesters clashed with security forces in India-held Kashmir (IHK) after Eid prayers, according to Indian media reports.

Anantnag (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], June 26: Central Reserve Police Force's (CRPF) 164 Battalion Assistant Commandant Arvind and a constable Santosh Kumar were injured during clashes in Anantnag's Verinag, in which the latter lost his two fingers.

In Jammu and Kashmir, instead of celebrating Eid some stone-pelters in south Kashmir targeted security forces.

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The clashes, with young men hurling stones at forces, then spread to adjoining Achabal area in Anantnag district.

Similar street fighting also broke out in Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama towns in southern Kashmir. In Sopore town of north Kashmir forces used tear smoke shells and pellet shotguns to disperse the protesters in which over a dozen demonstrators sustained injuries. After about 20 minutes, the crowd dispersed.

But stone-throwing started as tens of thousands of people poured out of mosques in the main city of Srinagar after midday prayers.

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Sporadic clashes reportedly continued in Anantnag for over an hour.

The battle comes as Kashmir prepares to celebrate Eid and the end of the Islamic fasting month, and just days after several bloody incidents in the restive region. It said police personnel will offer Id prayers in mosques in district police lines in Srinagar.

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.

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Clashes amid Eid celebrations in Kashmir as HM Singh hoping for peace