SRINAGAR (Reuters/AFP) - Four Indian soldiers and four freedom fighters were killed as gun battles raged in Kashmir on Wednesday after months of relative calm, police said. The three clashes occurred in the northern districts of Kupwara, Baramulla and Bandipora, a police spokesman said, adding two of the gunbattles that started overnight were still raging. Police said four soldiers were also wounded in two clashes that broke out in north Kashmir. Fierce encounters are still going on. We are sure these fighters have recently infiltrated from AJK, an army spokesman said. Tens of thousands of people have been killed in Kashmir since a simmering discontent against Indian rule turned into a full-blown rebellion in 1989. Meanwhile, riot police in Kashmir used tear gas Monday to disperse hundreds of anti-India protesters on Eidul Fitr. Riot police in Srinagar fired volleys of tear gas shells at demonstrators chanting We want freedom and Allah is great, an AFP correspondent saw. The crowd tried to march to the residence of APHC leader Syed Ali Geelani, who is under house arrest. They retaliated against the police with stone pelting and over 25 people, including four policemen, were injured in ensuing clashes, a police officer said, refusing to be named. Several thousand Kashmiris, including women and children, gathered to offer Eid prayers inside a ground near the martyrs graveyard in Srinagar where many of those killed in the 20-year-old insurgency against Indian rule in the Muslim-majority region are buried. The APHC moderate leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, used the occasion to urge New Delhi to resolve the long-standing dispute over Kashmiri sovereignty. Farooq accused New Delhi of being stubborn and warned that peace in the sub-continent could only be achieved by resolving the core issue of Kashmir. Late Sunday police released five senior separatists, including Aasiya Andrabi, the head of regions leading women separatist group. The five were set free on the orders of the chief minister, an official spokesman said, adding it was to allow the separatists to celebrate Eid with their families. However, senior separatist Shabbir Shah is still in detention since being arrested in June for leading anti-India rallies.