Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Kashmir: Eid protestors emerge from mosque, tear gas fired, police vehicle torched

Kashmiri women chant anti-India slogans during a protest following congregational Eid al-Adha prayers in Srinagar on November 17, 2010.

In the morning, protesters assembled after Eid prayers and torched a police vehicle and attacked deputy commissioner’s office in south Kashmir’s Anantnag town, 65 km away from Srinagar. Security forces lobbed tear-gas shells and fired in the air to control the situation. [+]

Police in Indian-administered Kashmir have fired shots in the air and used tear gas shells to disperse hundreds of protesters in Srinagar.

Protests erupted after prayers marking the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

The demonstrators emerged from mosques chanting anti-India slogans and hurled stones at police, witnesses said.

At least 111 Kashmiris, many of them teenagers, have died in clashes with police during protests against Indian rule since June.

The BBC's Altaf Hussain in Srinagar says the authorities want to prevent a repeat of massive demonstrations in the city two months ago on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim festival that marks the end of Ramadan.

Police sealed off Lal Chowk - or Red Square - in the city centre on Wednesday to prevent any further gatherings.

Demonstrations also took place in Anantnag district, south of Srinagar.

Separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Shabir Shah have all been placed under house arrest, police said.


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