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Sombre Eid: Restrictions were eased in Kashmir but the usual spirit was missing

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Sombre Eid: Restrictions were eased in Kashmir but the usual spirit was missing

Bakra Eid was largely peaceful in unrestive the Kashmir Valley. Though the Eid buzz was missing among the people in the Valley, who continue to face restrictions. No relaxation on mobile phones or landlines were given.

Barring a handful place in the Valley where "minor" protests took place, Namaz was offered peacefully in 90 per cent of the places, the government claimed. The situation remained grim with security personnel deployed across the Kashmir Valley.

Rohit Kansal, J&K government spokesperson said, "Eid prayers were offered peacefully. In Jammu, 5,000 people offered prayer at Eidgah and at all the districts in Banihal and Poonch.

Five hundred people offered prayers in Bandipora and 10,000 people congregated in Baramulla. Prayers concluded peacefully in Shopian and Awantipora."

In Jammu, India Today TV crew visited one of the oldest mosques - Alhijri masjid located near Ustad Mohalla early on Monday morning. Hundreds of Muslims assembled at the mosque and offered Eid prayers.

"We are proud Indians. We love our country. Hindus and Muslims stay together as brothers in Jammu. We prayed for peace, prosperity, and well-being of everyone in J&K and the rest of the country," said one of the persons after the Eid prayers.

No untoward incident was reported from all 10 districts of Jammu. The Eid prayers passed off peacefully even in communally sensitive districts like Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban, Rajouri, and Poonch where prohibitory orders are in place.

It was also a tough time for Muslim personnel of J&K police and security forces, with most of them reporting on duty. It has been more than two weeks since men in uniform had any off.