Srinagar, October 01, 2017 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities continued to impose strict restrictions in Srinagar to prevent people from taking out Aashura processions on the tenth day of Muharram, today.
According to Kashmir Media Service, restrictions were particularly placed in Karan Nagar, Shaheed Gunj, Batamaloo, Shergari, Maisuma, Kothibagh, Kralkhud, Ram Munshi Bagh, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Khanyar, Maharaj Gunj and Safakadal areas of Srinagar. The authorities had deployed troops and paramilitary personnel in full riot gear across the city. Pedestrian as well as vehicular movement was barred with the placement of razor-fitted wire on the main roads.
However, hundreds of mourners defying restrictions assembled at Lal Chowk and tried to take out an Aashura procession. Several mourners including Ghulam Muhammad Nagoo and Shabbir Ahmad Wani were injured when police used force and fired teargas shells. Dozens of mourners were arrested by Indian police. The procession was organized by Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman-e-Shari Shian. Dozens of activists associated with Tehreek-e-Wahdat-e-Islami were also taken into custody. The traditional Muharram procession has been banned in Srinagar since 1989.
A Moharram procession was taken out from Imambarga of Mirgund in Badgam, which was led by Anjuman Sharie Shian President, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi. Agha Moosvi on the occasion condemned the use of brute force on mourners in Srinagar. A blood donation camp was also organized by Anjuman Sharie Shian at Zahra Park in Badgam.
Meanwhile, Indian troops in their continued acts of state terrorism martyred 22 Kashmiris including one in a fake encounter during the last month of September. According to the data compiled by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, the killings rendered four women widowed and nine children orphaned. 192 people were injured in the firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells on peaceful protesters. As many as 143 people including Hurriyet leaders, activists and youth were arrested during the period. Fifty residential houses were damaged by the troops in the month.
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