Normalcy prevails in Kashmir on 2nd day of Eid

Srinagar: Normal situation prevailed on the second day of Eid today in the Kashmir valley, where clashes yesterday broke out between stone-pelting mobs and security forces.

“The law and order situation across Kashmir is peaceful.

No untoward incident was reported from anywhere,” a policeman said.

He said the situation is being monitored and police will take a call on revoking or extending the ban on internet services in the evening.

People today visited their relatives to exchange greetings and distribute sacrificial meat. However, markets remained closed in view of the festival.

Though only a skeletal public transport was plying, traffic jams were reported from various routes including Srinagar Airport road.

Traffic moved slow at many places, including the stretch between Jehangir Chowk and Rambagh on the airport road, where a flyover is being constructed.

Eid being a public holiday, only a small number of traffic policemen was present on the roads.

Yesterday, clashes were reported from Eidgah, Rajouri Kadal and some other areas of old Srinagar city and a few places in Anantnag district.

However, in rest of the Valley, the festival was celebrated peacefully against the backdrop of a raging controversy over recent High Court order for implementation of an old law that bans slaughter and sale of beef.

Authorities also placed most of the separatist leaders, including the heads of both factions of Hurriyat conference, under house arrest.

Fearing communal tension, police asked the internet service providers to snap all data services, including BSNL’s Broadband, till 10 pm tonight.

Internet services were snapped since yesterday morning till tonight as authorities apprehended misuse of social media to create communal tension over the beef ban.