Clashes mar Eid in Kashmir

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The security forces used tear smoke shells and pellet shotguns to disperse the protesters.

Five people including two children were killed Sunday when a tree fell on a gondola at a ski resort in Indian-administered Kashmir, sending a passenger cabin crashing to the ground.

After the situation became out of control, the deceased in his own defence open fire through his service pistol on the mob, in which three people got injured. Innocent families returning from the mosques after the Eid prayers were caught. However, the crowd dispersed after almost 20 minutes.

The sporadic clashes continued in Anantnag for over an hour.

For security reasons, many ministers, senior civil and police officers offered prayers at the district police lines mosque in the city here at 6.30 am.

IANS mentioned that at least 10 protesters were injured in the clashes in Anantnag, Sopore, Kulgam, Pulwama and Pattan towns, the state police said.

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The authorities had placed all Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Mohammad Ashraf Sehraee, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Zafar Akbar Butt and Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi under house arrest and in police stations.

Last week India deployed about 2,000 extra troops in southern Kashmir, according to English language newspaper Greater Kashmir.

Fighters of UJC umbrella - estimated to be not more than 300 with an enormous residents' support - are fighting an asymmetric warfare against over half a million Indian soldiers to gain independence or unify the territory with neighbouring Pakistan.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday extended his greetings to the people of Kashmir on Eid, saying he hoped the festival will bring peace, harmony and happiness in the Valley.

Kashmir, a Muslim-majority Himalayan region, is held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full.

Tens of thousands, mostly civilians, have died in the armed conflict since 1989.

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