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Eid prayers in Kashmir: Not much violence

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Srinagar: In what can be termed as a happy moment, Eid prayers were held peacefully in Jammu and Kashmir today as people exchanged warm greetings with each other, barring few cases of sporadic clashes in the valley.

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This is quite a good news because there was plenty of unease before the occasion and everything turns out to be normal. Huge Eid gatherings were held in Hazratbal Shrine, Eidgah grounds and other places in Srinagar city and also in Baramulla, Kupwara, Ganderbal, Anantnag, Badgam, Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian districts.

According to the sources, there were cases of sporadic clashes between stone pelting youths and the security forces have come in from Anantnag and Sopore towns. Police said the clashes started after the Eid prayers.

Up till now, no major untoward incident has been reported from anywhere in the Valley, they said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti offered Eid prayers at Syed Sahib Shrine in a high security area of Srinagar city.

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On the other hand, Separatist leaders, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq were placed under house arrest in Srinagar to prevent their participation in Eid prayers.

There were children all around wearing new clothes accompanying their fathers also came out to attend Eid prayers.

Devotees in large numbers offered Eid prayers in Jammu city as Hindus waited patiently outside the prayer grounds to greet their Muslim brothers.

On an expected note, it was a good day in the office with huge congregation of Muslims were seen offering prayers in Rajouri, Poonch, Kishtwar and Ramban districts of Jammu region.

And that is where, one can witness a highlight of Eid festivities was the communal harmony shown by followers of other religions in the Jammu region who greeted Muslims and also offered sweets to them. If all goes according to plan, this is going to be a peaceful affair all the way.

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