Even as the Kashmir Valley continues to witness clashes between security forces and stone-pelters, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh called for an end to violence in the state and issued a special message of peace and brotherhood on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, on Monday.
“I heartily wish ‘Eid Mubarak’ to all my Kashmiri brothers and sisters, elders, youth and dear children,” the home minister said, adding, “I have full faith that this festival of humanity will help to bring peace, tranquility and friendship in the Valley.”
As per reports, Eid was celebrated across Kashmir on Monday as people thronged mosques, shrines and Eidgahs for special prayers but a few incident of stone-pelting and clashes between protestors and security forces were reported in the Valley.
At least 10 protesters were injured in the clashes in Anantnag, Sopore, Kulgam, Pulwama and Pattan towns. A mob resorted to stone-pelting at Janglat Mandi in Anantnag town immediately after the prayers.
Clashes were also reported after the congregational Eid prayers in Sopore and Pattan towns of Baramulla district.
The situation has been tense in the Valley in the last few months and turned worse after a mob lynched Deputy Superintendent Mohammed Ayub Pandith outside Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Jammu and Kashmir’s capital Srinagar on Sunday.
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.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and other Kashmiri leaders have been meeting the Union ministers over the issue of the Valley with most of them promising to bring an end to the constant chaos in the state as soon as possible.
(With inputs from agencies)