Muharram mourners subjected to force in IOK, dozens injured

Sopore shuts on 3rd consecutive day to mourn Najar’s killing

Srinagar, September 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, dozens of people were injured when Indian police used brute force on Muharram processions and anti-India demonstrations in Srinagar, today. The police also arrested scores of mourners from different areas.

Defying restrictions, hundreds of people took out Muharram processions from Jahangir Chowk, Aabi Guzar, Batamaloo, Zedibal, Maulana Azad Road and other areas of Srinagar. However, Indian police resorted to brute force and fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters, injuring dozens of them. The police also took scores of mourners including Hurriyat leaders Nisar Hussain Rathar into custody and lodged them in different police stations. The authorities had imposed restrictions in many areas of Srinagar to prevent traditional Muharram processions. These processions are banned in Srinagar since 1990. Senior Hurriyat leaders, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi and Maulana Abbas Ansari in their statements strongly denounced the use of brute force by Indian police on the Muharram mourners.

The puppet authorities arrested Hurriyat leaders including Muhammad Yasin Malik and Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and kept Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest, today. The action was aimed at preventing the leaders from participating in Muharram processions and anti-India protests. Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi and Maulana Abbas Ansari in their statements paid glowing tributes to Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions who embraced martyrdom in Karbala while fighting against the forces of falsehood.

The residents of Wanpoh area of Islamabad district staged demonstrations and blocked Srinagar-Jammu Highway to protest against a braid-chopping incident. About two dozen incidents of mysterious hair chopping have been reported from the occupied territory, with nearly fifteen incidents from Kulgam and Islamabad districts during past couple of weeks. The locals said that the Indian troops and their agents were involved in the chopping of the braids of women, particularly of teenage girls, and private organs of some males to create a sense of fear among the people. The forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Jamaat-e-Islami of the occupied territory and Dukhtaran-e-Millat in their statements expressed serious concern over the increasing incidents of braid chopping. Dukhtaran-e-Millat said that these actions were handiwork of Indian secret agencies.

Many people were injured, some of them critically, when Indian troops fired pellets on anti-India demonstrations in Nowhatta area of Srinagar and in Sopore town. Complete shutdown was observed on third consecutive day, today, in Sopore to mourn the killing of a youth, Abdul Qayoom Najar, by Indian troops. Indian Army personnel beat up several people during a peaceful demonstration in Shopian town.

In Oslo, noted Kashmiri human rights activists, Parveena Ahangar and Parvez Imroz, have been conferred with Norway’s Rafto Prize Award 2017.The Rafto organization in a statement said that Parveena Ahangar and Parvez Imroz had long been at the forefront of the struggle against arbitrary abuse of power in a region that had borne the brunt of escalating violence, militarization and international tension.

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