Rebels kill 1 Indian soldier, wound 3 in Kashmir

Marie Harrington
June 27, 2017

Clashes erupted in the south Kashmir town of Anantnag after protesters took on forces in Janglat Mandi area immediately after Eid prayers. However, there were no reports of any casualties from Monday's stone pelting incidents.

Fifty-one people have been killed this Ramadan in the restive region according to Khurram Parvez from the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, which monitors conflict-related deaths.

The Indian Express reported that to contain the stone-pelting incidents, police used teargas to disperse crowds after locals resorted to stone-pelting in Anantnag.

Devotees were seen offering Eid prayers at the Hazratbal shrine and other mosques and Eidgahs in the valley. Youths started hurling stones at security forces as the masses poured onto the streets. They hoisted Pakistani flags and shouted high-pitched slogans, Jeevei-Jeevei Pakistan, Teiri Jaan Meiri Jaan- Pakistan Pakistan and We Want Freedom.

Rebel groups have been fighting since 1989 for Kashmir's independence or merger with neighboring Pakistan.

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 posters also included photographs of separatist leaders like Masarat Alam Bhat and Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

Meanwhile, moderate Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq tweeted, calling the government "shameless and coward".

Kashmir is expected to remain tense in the run-up to the July 8 anniversary of the killing of popular rebel commander Burhan Wani.

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

Earlier in the day, Home Minister Rajnath Singh also wished the people and hoped that the violence in Jammu and Kashmir soon comes to an end.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since their partition in 1947.

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