Kashmir Valley in India observed a blood-soaked Eid today as two youth were killed and several others were injured amid clashes between protesters and security forces.
While one youth was killed in the Shopian district of South Kashmir, another youth was killed during clashes between security forces and protesters in border district of Bandipora.
"Soon after the Eid prayers ended in Bandipora, a group of protestors started pelting stones at security forces who retaliated by firing tear smoke shells and pellet guns," a police official said.
He said 20-year-old Murtaza Ahmed was hit by a tear smoke shell resulting in his death. Several others were injured in the security forces' action in Bandipora town.
Agitation erupted across the Valley despite a strict curfew in all ten districts.
According to the reports, people defied the curfew and staged pro-freedom protests at different places. Protesters turned violent at some places and clashed with the security forces.
All the roads leading to the United Nations Military Observers Group in Indian and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) office at Sonawar have been sealed to thwart the Separatists' Azadi March to submit a memorandum to the UN on the eve of the UN general assembly session.
Meanwhile, the infiltration operation in Poonch district of Jammu entered into its third day today.
Four militants and a cop have been killed while six people, including three army troops have been injured in the encounter which started on Sunday. Police suspects that one to two militants may still be holed up inside the under-construction mini Secretariat complex.