Curbs intensified in Srinagar to prevent Ashura processions

Srinagar, August 19 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the authorities further tightened restrictions in different areas of Srinagar to prevent people from taking out Ashura processions, today.

The curbs were intensified in Lal chowk, Alamgiri Bazar, Zadibal, Lalbazar, Tibitee Colony, Shaheed Gunj, Hawal, Nirjanpore, Aabi Guzar and other areas of Srinagar to restrict the movement of people and to stop them from converging on the traditional routes for joint processions on 10th day of Muharram.

Restrictions have been imposed in Aabi Guzar area falling under police station Kothibagh while security personnel have been deployed in strength to maintain law and order on the 10th of Muharram, the officials said.

The occupation authorities have also deployed Indian forces’ personnel in strength across the Kashmir Valley to prevent people from taking out Muharram processions.

Indian police had detainee several Muharram mourners at various places in Srinagar after subjecting them to brute force on Tuesday when they had tried to take out processions.

Traditionally, the main procession of 10th Muharram in Srinagar usually used to start from Aabi Guzar and culminate at Zadibal while that of 8th Muharram started from Shaheed Gunj and culminated at Dalgate after passing through different areas. However, the occupation authorities banned the two major processions in 1989 fearing that these may turn into pro-Azadi demonstrations.