Curbs intensified in Srinagar to prevent Ashura processions today

Srinagar, August 09 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the authorities further tightened restrictions in different areas of Srinagar to prevent people from taking out the traditional Ashura processions, today, fearing that they could convert into anti-India demonstrations.

The day is observed as a symbol of sacrifice and mourning, recalling the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), in the battle of Karbala on the 10th of Muharram over fourteen hundred years ago.

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

The occupation authorities deployed Indian forces’ personnel in strength in Srinagar and other parts of the Kashmir Valley. Traditionally, the main procession of 10th Muharram in Srinagar used to start from Aabi Guzar and culminate at Zadibal after passing through different areas. However, the authorities banned the major processions in 1989 fearing that these may turn into pro-Azadi demonstrations.

Besides, heavy deployment of forces has been made in the areas where there are apprehensions about the processions taking place. The forces’ personnel have blocked roads at many places including Karan Nagar, Jehangir Chowk, Iqbal Park, Tourist Reception Centre, The Bund, Abi Guzar, and Budshah Chowk with concertina wires and armored vehicles to prevent the mourners from taking out the procession. The restrictions hit normal work while commercial areas remain closed.

Hurriyat leaders including Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Khadim Hussain and Sibte Shabbir Qummi in their statements strongly denounced the curbs on the Muharram processions and use of brute force on mourners. They said the sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) gives us the message to stand firm against the oppressors.

Fascist Narendra Modi, they added, has turned Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir into present-day Karbala. The leaders said Modi is the Yazid of the time for the Kashmiris and India has emerged as modern Yazidi regime by inflicting untold miseries on innocent Kashmiris as there is every day is Ashura and there is every place is Karbala for the struggling people of IIOJK. Those standing up against Modi’s Hindutva policies in IIOJK are the flag bearers of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA). The Kashmiri people have learnt it from Karbala to stand up against oppression, they added.

Dozens of mourners were injured when Indian police used brute force on a procession of 8th Muharram in different areas of Srinagar on Sunday.

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