SRINAGAR (Agencies) - Violence in Kashmir has fallen to an all-time low, Indian police said Friday, while noting that more than 800 freedom-fighters still operated in the Valley. The violence that has wracked Occupied Kashmir for nearly 20 years started to decline after India and Pakistan launched a peace process in January 2004. The number of violent incidents in 2008 fell by about 40 per cent to 700 compared with last year's figure of 1,090, police chief Kuldeep Khuda said in a statement. Khuda described the decline as 'phenomenal'. The peace process has been frozen since last month's attacks in Mumbai. Khuda said more than 800 fighters were still active. "Some of them are even members of Lashkar-e-Taiba," he said. Last year, police estimated the number of active Mujahideen at 1,500. Meanwhile, police used teargas and batons Friday to disperse hundreds of protesters in Srinagar. Protesters emerged from the region's main mosque after Friday prayers and chanted "we want freedom" and "Allah is great." Police used force and prevented them from marching towards the main commerical hub. Police said that in the ensuing clashes five protesters and four policemen were injured.