Arrests After Azadi Slogans During Muharram Procession

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Srinagar: Police on Monday arrested two youth for allegedly chanting pro-freedom slogans during a Muharram procession in Hokersar area of the Srinagar outskirts.

The arrests came after a video went viral showing hundreds of mourners in a Muharram procession in Hokersar chanting vociferous pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, police said.

“On surfacing of a video in social media in which mourners were found chanting pro-Azadi slogans in a Muharram procession, Parimpora police station has taken cognizance,” a police statement said.

It said the police acted swiftly in identifying the location of the incident and the persons involved.

The youth have been booked under the sedition law. Two persons have been arrested while more arrested were expected, it said.

“It has been revealed that some youths from adjoining areas in Budgam district led by Sajad Hussain Parray, Arif Ahmad Dar and Raja Mehboob took advantage and raised the slogans,” the police said.

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