Youth clash with forces on Eid day in Anantnag town

File photo for representational purpose

Violent clashes broke out between youth and government forces in Anantnag town of south Kashmir on Saturday.

As soon as the Eid prayers concluded at Ahlihadees Eidgah Achahipora and Hanfia Eidgah Janglat Mandi youth held protest demonstrations.

They were chanting pro-Islam and pro-freedom slogans.

The protesters later clashed with police and paramilitary forces deployed in strength outside.

Youth hurled stones and bricks on the forces who lobbed tear shells, used sound shells, pepper, and pellets.

Few people sustained injuries in the clashes.

Women, children and elderly persons were seen running for cover as forces lobbed teargas shells inside Ahlihadees Eidgah.

“We were listening to the mandatory Eid sermon (Khutba) after offering prayers when numerous teargas shells landed inside the Eidgah,” said 70-year-old Abdul Karim.

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