The celebrations of Eid-Al-Adha were marred by violence in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar city when stone-pelters came out on the streets and waved flags of Pakistan and the dreaded terrorist group Islamic State.
The demonstrators chanted slogans and clashed with police personnel on duty in Srinagar’s Eidgah area, soon after Eid prayers. They also pelted stones at the security personnel, who were trying to disperse them.
Meanwhile , former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah was heckled during Eid prayers at a shrine in Srinagar . According to reports, Abdullah was paying tributes to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee when the youth present at the gathering took objection to Abdullah’s words and started shouting slogans against him.
In another incident, a policeman was shot dead by terrorists outside an Eidgah in Kulgam’s Zazripora, when he was leaving after offering prayers.
Earlier in May, a tourist from Tamil Nadu’s Chennai had lost his life in stone-pelting, a few days after the vehicle of a district judge from Bengaluru, who was on a holiday with his family, was pelted with stones. Around the same time, a bus carrying school students was also attacked by unruly stone-pelters in Zawoora village of Shopian district.
A BJP activist Shabir Ahmad Bhat (26) in Pulwama’s Rakh-e-Litter area and abducted him. His bullet-riddled body was recovered this morning. Shabir was the constituency president of the BJP. He is the third BJP activist to be killed by terrorists in Kashmir. Bhat was under the protection of police and had come home in Pulwama to celebrate Eid.