Separatists' Violent Stir Mars Eid-ul-Fitr Celebrations In The Valley

Separatists' Violent Stir Mars Eid-ul-Fitr Celebrations In The Valley

20 August 2012
DNA


Srinagar: Violence marked Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday when separatist protesters went on a rampage, torching police vehicles and pelting stones on the security forces leaving three policemen injured near Eidgah in Srinagar. Police said miscreants set ablaze bullet proof armoured vehicle at Eidgah when it was on way to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences to collect the body of the road accident victim on Monday morning. The mob tried to lynch the policemen on board the vehicle, but they managed to flee. Three policemen suffered injuries in the incident. “A Rakshak (armoured vehicle) carrying the cops of police post Qamarwari was stopped by a mob. The cops were dragged out and beaten up and the vehicle was set ablaze by the miscreants,” the police said. Miscreants later assembled outside Eidgah and pelted stones on the police and paramilitary forces who were deployed to maintain order. Security forces resorted to lathicharge and fired smoke shells. The violence erupted a day after top separatist leaders including moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani were placed under house arrest as a precautionary measure. Mirwaiz was scheduled to lead the Eid prayers at Eidgah in the old Srinagar city. However, he addressed the people over the phone and lashed out at the government for ‘restraining’ him from discharging the religious duties as chief cleric of Kashmir. “Using force and placing leaders under house arrest will not solve any problem. The government is living in fool’s paradise if it thinks these coercive measures will help in bringing peace. Peace will only return when the Kashmir issue is resolved according to the wishes and aspirations of its people,” Mirwaiz said. Mirwaiz also condemned police action against the protesters. “People were peacefully expressing their emotions against the house arrest of the leaders. But forces thrashed people injuring dozens of the protestors”, Mirwaiz said.