The Hindu Business Line

Roads in Kash­mir wear de­serted look on Eid

- AP Jammu and Kashmir · Farooq Abdullah · Omar Abdullah · New Delhi · Mehbooba Mufti

Eid prayers were lim­ited to neigh­bour­hood mosques in Kash­mir on Mon­day as au­thor­i­ties im­posed strict con­trols and se­cu­rity forces fanned out across towns and vil­lages, re­strict­ing the move­ment of peo­ple and pro­hibit­ing con­gre­ga­tions in large grounds.

Eid-ul-Adha prayers con­cluded with­out any vi­o­lence, po­lice said.

Ro­hit Kansal, Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary and the des­ig­nated of­fi­cial spokesper­son of the gov­ern­ment said, Eid was cel­e­brated in 90 per cent of the places. The fes­tive buzz was miss­ing with roads de­serted across large swathes of the Val­ley, the si­lence bro­ken only by po­lice sirens and IAF he­li­copters hov­er­ing over­head.

Kash­miris woke up to armed per­son­nel de­ployed in ev­ery cor­ner ask­ing them to re­main in­doors.

The Eidgah ground and places such as the Hazrat­bal shrine, the TRC ground and the Syed Sa­heb mosque were quiet and des­o­late this Eid — which comes ex­actly a week af­ter the Cen­tre an­nounced the re­vo­ca­tion of J&K’s spe­cial sta­tus un­der Ar­ti­cle 370 and split­ting of the State into two Union Ter­ri­to­ries.

There were re­ports that for­mer chief min­is­ters — Fa­rooq Ab­dul­lah, Omar Ab­dul­lah and Mehbooba Mufti — were al­lowed to of­fer Eid prayers but no de­tails were avail­able.

At many places, peo­ple could Kash­miris liv­ing in New Delhi gather for a func­tion to ob­serve Eid al-Adha away from their homes, on Mon­day

be seen re­quest­ing se­cu­rity per­son­nel to let them through.

One of them was Mo­hammed As­gar, a res­i­dent of Indira Na­gar in this main city of the Val­ley.

I want to wish my brother who stays across the road but I am not be­ing al­lowed to do so, said As­gar, who wanted to meet his ail­ing brother in Shiv­pora, a

dis­tance of less than a kilometre from Indira Na­gar.

Some peo­ple gath­ered out­side ho­tels hous­ing me­dia per­son­nel, hop­ing they would be able to call their chil­dren and fam­i­lies in other parts of the coun­try, but re­turned de­jected when they learnt phones were not avail­able to me­dia per­son­nel as well.

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