Srinagar, Aug 20 : Violent protests after congregational prayers today marred Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations in the city as a mob set ablaze a police vehicle and beat up three policeman in Eidgah area.
As soon as the Eid prayers concluded at Eidgah in the Old City, hundreds of youth blocked the road and stopped a police vehicle on its way to Soura from Qamarwari and asked the policemen to alight from the vehicle, official sources said.
They said the cops were then beaten by the mob but they managed to escape from the spot. Three policeman, including an Assistant Sub Inspector, were injured in the incident. The mob then set ablaze the police vehicle, the sources said.
Additional police and paramilitary personnel were rushed to the spot to restore law and order in the area, the sources said.
Police had to fire several rounds of tear smoke shells and even fired few aerial shots to disperse the mob, they said.
Although officials did not cite any reason for the sudden outbreak of violence in the area, the separatist camp maintained it was a reaction to state government's decision to impose restrictions on Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and other leaders, which prevented them from offering even Eid prayers.