Restrictions in Srinagar to prevent Muharram processions

Demos in IOK against increasing incidents of braid-chopping

Srinagar, October 30 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities continued to impose strict restrictions in Srinagar on the second consecutive day, today, to prevent people from taking out Muharram processions.

The authorities have deployed Indian troops and police and paramilitary personnel in full riot-gear across the city to stop the Muharram processions. Pedestrian movement has been suspended while the forces’ personnel have placed coils of razor-fitted wire on the main roads to prevent movement of traffic. Officials told media that the restrictions will remain in force until tomorrow, the Aashura – 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram.

Indian police had arrested dozens of mourners including an eight-year-old boy Haider Ansari, son of Jammu and Kashmir Ittehad-ul-Mslimeen President Masroor Abbas Ansari, during a Muharram procession in Srinagar, yesterday. Scores of people were injured due to the use of brute force on mourners by Indian troops and police personnel in the city.

Hundreds of students took out a Muharram procession in Kargil town, today. The procession started from New Bus-stand and cumulated at Hussaini Park after passing through different areas of the town.

The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, and APHC leaders, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi and Zamruda Habib, in their statements in Srinagar strongly condemned restrictions on Muharram processions and use of force on mourners.

People staged forceful demonstrations in Islamabad town, today, against a fresh incident of braid-cutting in the adjoining Kulgam district. Indian police fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters, triggering clashes between the protesters and the police personnel. Scores of protesters, mostly women, hit the streets at Nowgam in Srinagar soon after rumours about the presence of hair-choppers in the area. They raised slogans against the braid chopping. Locals say that Indian troops and their agents are involved in the chopping of the braids of women, particularly of teenage girls, to create a sense of insecurity among the womenfolk. The APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement suspected the involvement of Indian forces’ personnel in the braid-chopping incidents saying it is strange that in a highly militarized zone, the culprits go unnoticed.

Indian troops conducted cordon and search operations in Hajin area of Bandipora and at Tral in Pulwama, today, causing huge inconvenience to the people.

Hurriyat leaders including Shabbir Ahmed Dar and Muhammad Ahsan Untoo and a delegation of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front visited Sopore, today, and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family of a martyred youth, Abdul Qayoom Najar.

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