Clashes erupt in Indian Kashmir after Eid-al-Adha prayers
Unidentified protesters clashed with police in Srinagar city of India’s northern Jammu and Kashmir state on Saturday (September 02) and raised flags of Pakistan and dreaded militant outfit Islamic State (IS) soon after the Eid-al-Adha prayers.
As soon as the prayers concluded, violent clashes between youngsters and security personnel broke out near Srinagar’s Eidgah – a large open-air gathering place where people come together to offer Eid prayers.
The mob pelted stones at police personnel who retaliated by firing tear gas shells. According to local media reports, clashes were also witnessed in Anantag and Sopore towns. Unrest has simmered in Kashmir since popular militant leader Burhan Wani was killed just over a year ago, sparking clashes that have left more than 90 civilians dead.
India has been struggling to restore normality in Muslim-majority Kashmir, which both India and Pakistan claim in full but rule in part. India accuses Pakistan of backing separatist fighters – a charge Islamabad denies. Violence has declined since the early 2000s, when thousands died each year, but disillusionment and anger against Indian rule is widespread, and the separatist revolt is now largely homegrown.