J&K: Cops deployed to stop Muharram rallies

The procession, which was coming from Batamaloo, was not allowed to move towards Lal Chowk in the centre of the city.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Srinagar | Published: November 3, 2014 3:34 am
Policemen prevent people from taking out a procession to mark the eighth day of Muharram, in Srinagar on Sunday. (Source: PTI photo) Policemen prevent people from taking out a procession to mark the eighth day of Muharram, in Srinagar on Sunday. (Source: PTI photo)

The J&K government imposed curfew-like restrictions in various areas of Srinagar to prevent people from the Shiite community to take out Muharram processions in the city on Sunday.

A huge number of security personnel was deployed in several areas of Srinagar. In late afternoon, police foiled a procession of Muharram mourners near the civil secretariat.

The procession, which was coming from Batamaloo, was not allowed to move towards Lal Chowk in the centre of the city.

A senior official told The Indian Express that the district administration imposed restrictions in the areas of Kralkhud, Shergadi, Maisuma, Kothibagh and Parimpora. Karan Nagar and Batamaloo. He said for the entire day restrictions were imposed on the movement of civilians and vehicles in various parts of the city.

Tension erupted in the Valley on Saturday after a prominent Shia leader, who is associated with the PDP, claimed that police attacked him and his supporters when he tried to lead a Muharram procession in Khanda area of Budgam district.

As news about the incident spread, people from the Shia community took to streets and blocked the national highway and other roads.

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