Police, protesters clash in Kashmir after Eid prayers
Police fired tear gas and pellets and charged with batons to disperse the people, who gathered after the prayers in many districts including south Kashmir’s Anantnag town.india Updated: Aug 22, 2018 16:47 IST
Clashes broke out between police and people, protesting against the alleged dilution of Article 35A, at several places in Kashmir soon after Eid prayers on Wednesday.
Article 35A of the Indian Constitution prohibits non-permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir from acquiring immovable property, government jobs, scholarships and aid in the state, among other related provisions.
The top court is hearing a clutch of petitions questioning the constitutional validity of Article 35A and fixed August 27 as the next date.
Police fired tear gas and pellets and charged with batons to disperse the people, who gathered after the prayers in many districts including south Kashmir’s Anantnag town.
“Shame on the authorities who showed total disrespect and disregard for congregational Eid prayers at Eidgah today as tear gas shells and even pellets were fired on Eid day, How inhuman can it get! Inspite of that people showed resilience large congregation held at Eidgah,” Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq tweeted.
A police spokesperson, however, said that Eid prayers concluded peacefully across Kashmir in which thousands of devotees took part different parts of the valley.
“Isolated incidents of stone pelting by miscreants was reported from Eid Gah Srinagar, Janglat Mandi Anantnag and Sopore after the conclusion of Eid prayers. However, police exhibited the utmost restraint in containing stone pelting mob,” the spokesperson said.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz had asked people to organise protests outside mosques and Eidgahs against attempts to remove Article 35A.
The biggest congregation was held at Eidgah in Srinagar where thousands of people attended Eid prayers.
The Hurriyat chairman asked people to remain alert in his Eid sermon and start a mass agitation in Kashmir in case the constitutional provision relating to the state is struck down by the Supreme Court.
Separatist leaders have called for a two-day-long strike in Kashmir from August 26.
Majority of people in Kashmir feel that the Centre is deliberately trying to tinker the special status of the restive state and efforts are being made to remove the Article 35A as the National Governmental Organisation, which had filed a petition with the Supreme Court for abolishing the Article 35A is being supported by the BJP.
First Published: Aug 22, 2018 14:12 IST