Government forces fired tear gas and used batons to quell thousands of protesters who turned violent on Friday after Eid prayers at mosques in Kashmir, police said. The protesters, waving Pakistani and pro-militant flags and chanting pro-independence slogans, hurled stones at government forces who tried to stop them from marching in Srinagar and at least two other places in the region.
Authorities tightened security and blocked all mobile and landline Internet services for two days to stop Muslim protesters from uploading pictures of animal sacrifices, especially the slaughtering of cows, which are worshipped by Hindus. Tensions have been building in the region after a court two weeks ago upheld a law banning the slaughtering of cows and the selling of beef in the region, a decision resented by Muslims. The Jammu-Kashmir state government is likely to appeal the court ruling.