Low-key Eid celebrations in Jammu and Kashmir amid severe restrictions

Srinagar, AUg 12 : People offered Eid namaz in the morning at Mohalla mosques in Jammu and Kashmir under severe security restrictions on Monday where curfew-like curbs were re-imposed on Sunday amid fear of violence. Large groups of people are not allowed to assemble as traffic restrictions are in place.

Eid prayers were held in smaller mosques in neighbourhoods, according to photos shared by the government.

Politicians including former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, who have been under arrest since last week, would be allowed to offer prayers in nearby mosques, officials said.

On Sunday, a meeting was held between clerics and the Kashmir Divisional Commissioner Baseer Khan, Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) Swayam Prakash Pani and Srinagar District Magistrate Shahid Choudhary to Choudhary visited some of the mosques and grounds where prayers will be offered.

He also said that more than 250 ATMs have been made functional in Srinagar and bank branches were also open.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration had eased the prohibitory orders in Kashmir Valley on Sunday for the people to make purchases for Eid.

In the valley, people thronged the market places during the six hours of relaxation provided for purchases before Eid-al-Adha also known as Bakr Eid.

Jammu and Kashmir has been under lockdown since the government on August 5 abrogated Article 370, and has divided the state into two union territories.

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