Kashmir celebrates Eid; J&K CM and Ex-CM offer prayers at Hazratbal
Srinagar: The Kashmir Valley Saturday celebrated Eid with the usual religious fervour after the morning festivities were marred by clashes between bands of youths and security forces.
Once peace returned to the valley post afternoon, people exchanged Eid greetings with families and friends in Srinagar and all major towns in the valley.
Children burst firecrackers on the streets of Srinagar.
Most families were huddled in the comfort of their homes, enjoying the delicacies that go with Eid, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Earlier, clashes erupted between stone-throwing youths and security personnel at over a dozen places in the valley, including Srinagar, the hub of the separatist campaign.
The clashes were reported from Baramulla, Sopore and Anantnag towns and some places in Srinagar city. In most places, police exercised restraint while dispersing the protesters keeping in mind the Eid atmosphere.
But even as the violence raged, thousands offered Eid prayers peacefully in most places in the Kashmir Valley.
The rural areas were peaceful. In urban centres, normalcy returned to areas affected by incidents of stone pelting.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and former Jammu and Kasmir CM Omar Abdullah were seen offering prayers at the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar.