Rebels kill 1 Indian soldier, wound 3 in Kashmir

Rebels kill 1 Indian soldier, wound 3 in Kashmir

Rebels kill 1 Indian soldier, wound 3 in Kashmir

Amid all this, the Home Minister's confidence that Eid will bring peace and happiness in the Valley somewhere indicates that the government has some special plans to deal with the situation of unrest in Kashmir.

Clashes were also reported in various parts of IHK on Monday, including Sopore, Anantnag, Rajpora, Shopian and Srinagar's Safakadal area, Hindustan Times reported.

The clashes, with mobs of young men hurling stones at security forces, then spread to adjoining Achabal area in Anantnag district. After about 20 minutes, the crowd dispersed.

A large number of devotees prayed at the Hazratbal and other mosques and Eidgahs in the Valley.

The authorities had placed all Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Mohammad Ashraf Sehraee, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Zafar Akbar Butt and Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi under house arrest and in police stations. The Indian forces fired tear gas shells and pellet guns at stone-throwing protesters that resulted in injuries to at least ten people.

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Kashmir has been in a phase of unrest since past year when Indian security forces killed Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. Indian police didn't allow them to come out of the prayer ground.

India last week deployed about 2,000 extra troops in southern Kashmir, according to media reports.

New Delhi has also rushed 100,000 plastic bullets and PAVA grenades to quell the popular dissent.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday conveyed his greetings on the occasion of Eid in a video message and said he hope that the festival will help in bringing peace, understanding, brotherhood and happiness in Kashmir. Both claim the tiny Himalayan region in its entirety. He had alleged that India was seizing such actions of the Kashmir youth to hoodwink the global community on the issue of Kashmir.

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

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