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Stone Pelting Incidents In Kashmir Valley On Eid Leaves One Dead And Several Injured

ANANYA BHATNAGAR | 1
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| June 16 , 2018 , 16:11 IST

One person is reported dead after clashes where a group of agitated Kashmiri youths targeted the security forces after the Eid prayers on Saturday morning in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the security officials, the deceased is identified as  Sheraz Ahmad who is a resident of Barakpora village, he was injured in the clashes and died at a Srinagar hospital later.

Media reports said that over a dozen protesters had been injured in the clashes. Similar clashes also broke out at other places in the Kashmir Valley. In Pulwama, a crowd protested against the killing of a nine-year-old boy on Friday in Army firing, the police said.

According to media reports, incidents of stone-pelting were also reported from Shopian and clashes also took place in Srinagar’s Eidgah area where large crowds of devotees had gathered to offer congregational Eid prayers.

The situation in the Valley remains tense following brazen killings of 'Rising Kashmir' newspaper's editor-in-chief Shujaat Bukhari and Army rifleman Aurangzeb in separate incidents earlier this week.

Bukhari along with his two personal security guards was killed in Srinagar, while Aurangzeb, who belonged to 4 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry, was abducted by terrorists when he was going home on Eid leave. His bullet-ridden body was found in Pulwana's Gussu village on Thursday evening.

There was no sweet distribution ceremony Wagah-Attari border due to the continued ceasefire violations in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The sweet distribution ceremony between the security forces of India and Pakistan is a usual trend on festivals like Eid and Diwali.

Media reports say that the Pakistani Rangers were ready for the rituals but the Indian forces denied it after the heinous instances in the valley. 

The centre had declared a unilateral ceasefire with the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in a hope to reduce militant activity in the troubled state.