Two policemen hurt in clashes after Eid prayers in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Oct 14 (UNI) At least two police personnel, including a sub-inspector, were wounded in a stone-pelting incident today at the historical Hazratbal shrine, housing the holy relic of the Prophet Mohammad, here soon after the Eid-ul-Fitr prayers.

Giving details of the incident, sources said police personnel allegedly beat up an auto rickshaw driver after he entered into an argument with them over a routine security check.

As he fell down on receiving a hard blow on his head, the people coming out of the Hazratbal shrine after offering Eid prayers saw the auto rickshaw driver lying flat on the ground and mistook him as dead, they added.

The sources said the people went berserk and started pelting stones on the police personnel who resorted to mild baton charge.

This resulted in a melee and as former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah was coming out of the shrine after offering Eid prayers, the mob allegedly heckled and pelted stones on him.

However, the sources said Dr Abdullah was safely evacuated by his security guards and escorted to his vehicle.

The sources said sub-inspector Sajid Khan and another police personnel were wounded in the stone-pelting incident.

At least two lakh Muslims offered prayers at the Hazratbal shrine. Besides Dr Abdullah, another former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed also offered prayers there.

Around one lakh Muslims offered prayers at the Eidgah grounds here. Special Eid prayers were offered at the Eidgah after nearly 20 years. Moderate Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq offered Eid prayers there.


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