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Eid sparks off harmony among communities in J

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Jammu, Oct 25 (UNI) The age-old communal harmony among people in Jammu and Kashmir was displayed again today as Hindus and other minorities participated in the celebration of Eid-ul-fitr, wishing ''Eid mubarak'' to their muslim brethren.

Prayers on the first day of the Muslim month of Shawal, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramzan, were held at different places in the state.

The main Eid congregations in the valley were held at Hazratbal shrine, which houses the holy relic of Prophet Mohammad, the Jama Masjid, Makhdoom Sahib, Dastigir Sahib, Syed Yaqub Sonawar, Charar-e-sharief and Gousia Saraibala where lakhs of muslims joined the prayers.

In 'the city of temples' -- Jammu, the main congregation was held at the Jama Masjid in Talab Khatikain.

People from all religions, including politician, greeted their muslim brethrens.

The state observed a holiday and the festival was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety.

Apart from an incident where militants killed a youth in the valley, nothing untoward was reported in Jammu region and Ladakh area.

A police spokesman said prayers passed off peacefully in all places.

Priests and other ulamas highlighted the importance of Eid, which comes after a month-long fasting.

At several places, muslim security personnel were seen offering Eid prayers along with other civilians.

Children wearing colourful dresses burst crackers to mark the festival.

The followers of Shia leader Aga Syed Hassan, which include the Hurriyat Conference (Umar) and Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had celebrated the festival yesterday.

Eid was also celebrated yesterday in Shia dominated Kargil, whereas nearby Drass -- the world's coldest place after Siberia -- and other areas of the district celebrated the festival today.

At Leh, only Shias celebrated Eid-ul-fitr yesterday while Sunni muslims offered Eid prayers today.

Authorities made special arrangments for the detenues to offer prayers within the jail premises and other detention centres.

Family members of the detenues were granted special persmission to meet them.

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