In Srinagar and Jammu, thousands came out to offer prayers in mosques, as the authorities relaxed prohibitory orders. Srinagar police claimed the prayers concluded peacefully in various parts of the valley and said no untoward incident had been reported.
The administration had held a meeting with Islamic clerics on Sunday (the 11th of August) evening to finalise arrangements for people to offer prayers.
Shahid Chaudhary, Development Commissioner of Srinagar said the government is “trying to reduce inconvenience to people and ease facilities”.
I am conscious of the fact it needs a lot more for a normal and enjoyable Eid. We are trying to reduce inconveniencies and ease facilities. Just had an elaborate meeting with Imaams for prayer arrangements. Visited venues. #Srinagar pic.twitter.com/FczHXrDKC5— Shahid Choudhary (@listenshahid) August 11, 2019
Jammu and Kashmir has been on edge since the former state was stripped of its special status and divided into two federally administered territories. Ahead of the unprecedented move on 5 August, the government made prohibitory orders in Kashmir and reportedly took political leaders of all regional parties into preventive custody.
Kashmir has been a bone of contention between India and Pakistan since the countries gained freedom from British colonial rule in 1947. Both nations govern different parts of the region but claim it in its entirety. The rivals have also fought two wars over Kashmir.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of devotees in other parts of the country also offered prayers during Eid al-Adha
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted Muslims on the occasion, and hoped it furthers the spirit of peace and happiness in society.