Govt Uses Force To Stop 8th Muharram Procession

Srinagar: J&K Government imposed strict restrictions Monday to disallow a major Muharram procession in summer capital.

Major city roads, right from Guru Bazar to Dalgate  crossing were sealed off from early today with police and CRPF strictly enforcing curfew. Hussaini Imambargah at Dalgate where the traditional procession would culminate was made out of bounds for the public by the police.

Police and CRPF was deployed in strength right from Guru Bazar blocking the procession routes like Jehangir Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Ameera Kadal, Residency Road, M A Road upto Dalgate

However defying restrictions groups of Shia mourners appeared at Batmaloo, Chattabal, Basantbagh and Abi Guzar  and tried to march towards Dalgate,” eye witnesses said, adding police backed by paramilitary forces used force to disperse them.

It bears mention that today was 8th of Muharram and traditionally Shia community would march in a massive procession from Guru Bazar near Karan Nagar to Dalgate to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain and his 72 companions in the battle fields of Karbala.

The procession which used to be taken out under the banner of Ittehadul Muslimeen, a constituent of Hurriyat Conference, was banned by the state government then led by Governor Jagmohan with the onset of anti-India movement in 1990.

However successive civilian governments have refused to lift the ban contending that the the morning procession will turn into a pro-freedom march.

Meanwhile Ittehadul Muslimeen (IUM) has condemned the continued ban which it termed as unwarranted and breach of religious freedom.

IUM also flayed government for placing its leaders Maulana Abbas Ansari and Masroor Ansari under house arrest.


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