Indian police beat and arrest mourners, thrash journalists in IIOJK

Srinagar – August 17, 2021

(KMS): In Indian Illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Indian police used brute force and arrested dozens of mourners when they tried to take out the traditional 8th Muharram procession in the Guru Bazar area of Srinagar, today.

The mourners who were carrying placards that read ‘Free Kashmir’ and other pro-freedom and pro-Kashmir slogans were thrashed while dozens were arrested when they tried to march towards Dalgate, Srinagar.

The police also roughed up more than a dozen media persons who were covering the Muharram procession and police brutalities against the mourners in Srinagar’s central Jahangir Chowk. The journalists were threatened with registering of FIRs against them. The police also broke cameras of some of photojournalists. The police used tear-gas shells to disperse the mourners.

Earlier, the authorities intensified restrictions in Aabi Guzar, Maisuma, TRC, Dalgate, Budshah Bridge, Gow Kadal and Kralkhud areas of Srinagar to prevent the traditional 8th Muharram procession. The two major processions of 8th and 10th Muharram in the Kashmir Valley were banned in 1989. The ban remains enforced since then. Only small mourning rallies and processions are allowed in some areas of the occupied Valley. A senior police officer confirmed that “Many mourners have been detained.”

Hurriyat leaders, Firdous Ahmad Shah, Mohammad Shafi Malik and Muhammad Ramzan Parray who participated in the procession told media men that police authorities stopped them when they led a peaceful Muharram procession in Aabi Guzar area of the city.

Meanwhile, scores of media persons were thrashed by the policemen when they were performing their processional duties at Jahangir Chowk in Srinagar.

Waseem Andrabi, a photojournalist, working with Hindustan Times, told media that the journalists were covering Muharram procession at Jahangir Chowk today. However, the policemen from Shergari Police Station led by Station House Officer (SHO) Aftab Ahmad beat them to pulp for no reasons. “We were even told that FIR will be registered against us,” he added.

Andrabi said that he along with scores of media men were thrashed while covering the Muharram procession, today, which was foiled by the authorities. “We were performing our professional duties, which is not a crime,” he said.

On the other hand, the authorities have also imposed restrictions in and around commercial hub Lal Chowk to foil the Muharram procession.

The Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman Shari Shian leader, Agha Mujtaba Al-Moosvi, addressing the participants of a Muharram procession at Madin Sahib in Srinagar strongly denounced the use of brute force on mourners by Indian police. He said the Battle of Karbala teaches the lesson of resistance against oppression and occupation and sympathy with the oppressed.

Meanwhile, Muharram processions were taken out on the auspices of Anjuman Sharie Shian in different areas of Srinagar, Badgam, Baramulla and other districts. The speakers at these processions highlighted the teachings and sacrifices of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), the grandson of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW). Also, the party Present, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, in a statement expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of prominent religious and political leader,Mian Bashir Ahmed Larvi.

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