Muharram procession foiled in Srinagar, scores detained

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Oct 22, 2015 20:22 IST
Policeman beat Kashmiri Shiite Muslims who held a religious procession defying restrictions in Srinagar,India, Thursday. Authorities on October 22 imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar,to thwart planned Muharram processions. (Waseem Andrabi/ HT Photo)

The state government on Thursday imposed strict restrictions in parts of capital Srinagar to prevent Shia mourners from taking out a Muharram procession through the traditional route in the city.

Police also used force and detained scores of Shia mourners at Batamaloo when they tried to take out a procession to mark the 8th day of the holy month of Muharram, two days before the commemoration of Imam Hussain’s martyrdom in Karbala (Iraq) 1,400 years ago.

Some mourners led by Nissar Hussain Rather, head of Tehreek-i-Mazhamat, a constituent of hardline Hurriyat Conference, also tried to march towards the city centre Lal Chowk, all roads to which had been blocked by the police.

The Shia community would traditionally take out a procession from Srinagar’s Shaheed Gunj area to Dalgate on the 8th Muharram, and from Abi Guzar near lal Chowk on the 10th.

The processions have, however, not been allowed since militancy erupted in the state. The Shia mourners are allowed to take out a procession only in the interiors of the city.

Kashmir police chief Javeed Gilani had on Wednesday said the processions will not be allowed in Srinagar to maintain law and order in the state.

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