Kashmir wears festive look for Eid

Major towns of Kashmir wore a festive look today with shoppers thronging markets on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr as the situation in the Valley remained by and large peaceful.

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2010, 21:56 PM IST

Srinagar: Major towns of Kashmir wore a
festive look today with shoppers thronging markets on the eve
of Eid-ul-Fitr as the situation in the Valley remained by and
large peaceful and no protests were reported from anywhere.

An unscheduled holiday in connection with
`Jumat-ul-Vida`, the last Friday of the holy fasting month of
Ramadan, added to the rush in the markets in Srinagar city and
elsewhere.

Government had already announced a holiday on last
Friday when it was decided by Muslim clerics that the day
would be observed as `Jumat-ul-Vida` due to uncertainty
on the day of Eid celebration.

With the Eid moon not sighted yesterday, the
government announced the second holiday on account of
Jumat-ul-Vida for the first time to facilitate people to offer
prayers and shop for Eid.

Many shops, however, have run out of stocks due to the
prolonged separatist sponsored agitation triggered by the
killing of a teenager in teargas shelling by police in
downtown Srinagar on June 11.

A police spokesman said the situation across Kashmir
valley remained by and large peaceful with no incident of
violence or protests reported from anywhere.

There was also no curfew or restrictions anywhere,
the spokesman said.

Curfew, which was imposed on Tuesday after fresh bout
of violence, was lifted yesterday from Srinagar following
improvement in law and order situation.

Hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference headed by
Syed Ali Shah Geelani had also announced a three-day break in
its protest calender beginning Thursday.

In view of the heavy rush, frequent traffic jams
caused inconvenience to the people.

-PTI