Violence reported during Eid celebrations in India's restive Kashmir valley

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Violence reported during Eid celebrations in India's restive Kashmir valley

Two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were injured in Srinagar's Old City area where youths threw stones at security forces. "All shall offer the Eid prayers in mosques in DPL Srinagar or Police Control Room (PCR) Kashmir", the circular reads.

Muslims from all walks of life started making a beeline to Eidgahs (prayer grounds) or mosques to offer Eid prayers as a thanksgiving after the month-long fasting of Ramazan. "They are my children, so I will advise them to take precautions", he said during the wrath laying ceremony of two police personnel killed in militant attack at Athwajan on Saturday. Police used teargas to disperse crowds after locals resorted to stone-pelting in Anantnag, according to news channel NDTV.

He had on Sunday evening said that prayers would be held at Eidgah at 10 am on Monday.

Over the past year, the violence has increasingly drawn in civilians, with young students holding mass protests and whole communities coming out to throwing stones at government forces during operations targeting militants.

Meanwhile, moderate Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq tweeted, calling the government "shameless and coward".

Big gatherings were also reported from Sonawar and Soura Shrines in the heart of the city, they said, adding that similar gatherings were held at all districts headquarters and major towns of the Valley. It is expected violence could worsen around the anniversary of Burhan Wani's death.

The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said the festival of Eid will bring peace and happiness in Kashmir.

Tens of thousands, mostly civilians, have died in the armed conflict since 1989.

Rebel groups have fought for decades roughly 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the disputed territory, demanding independence or merger of the Himalayan region with Pakistan.

Kashmir has been divided between nuclear rivals India and Pakistan since their partition in 1947 when the British vacated the sub continent.

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