Ban on Muharram procession Continued in Kashmir
100 injured, 80 arrested, 80 yr old woman beaten
Srinagar, Jan 06, 2009: More than 100 mourners were injured and nearly 80 others arrested by the police as thousands
of people Tuesday defied prohibitory orders of the State administration to take out a Muharram processions in the city.
Thousands of mourners took out a Muharram procession from Gow Kadal area here
in the commercial hub of the city. As soon as they reached near the old KMD bus stand, a posse of police and paramilitary
CRPF deployed there prevented them from marching towards the Hyderia Hall at Drugjan Dalgate.
While police and CRPF did not allow mourners to move towards Dalgate, processionists
started pelting stones at police and CRPF.
Police targeted processionists with tear smoke canisters and batons injuring
over 80. Station House Officer of Maisuma police station Muhammad Ashraf and two police constables were also injured in the
The State administration in 1990 banned Muharram procession. However in December
2008, State High Court directed the state administration to file objections on why the procession had been banned.
The processionists today had continuous scuffles with police and few of them
managed to reach Dalgate wherefrom they were not allowed to move into Imambada at Drugjan.
Police had sealed the Imambada and even restricted journalists to enter the
The procession organized by Ittihadul Muslimeen was lead by Masroor Abbas Ansari,
president of JKIM and prominent Shiia cleric and scholar of Kashmir.
The processionists were raising slogans remembering the martyrdom of Hazrat
Imam Hussain (RA) in the historical battle of Karbala in 61AH.
The day is remembered as a preparation of war against the evil. On 10th Muharram,
61 AH and 680 AD, when access to water was banned to Imam Hussain (RA), the Imam and his companions started preparations of
war against the opposition.
The mourners were carrying big posters of Imam Khomainie (RA), Ayatullah Khameini
and Hizbullah Supremo Hassan Nasrullah and raising anti-Israel slogans and praising the Hamas and Palestinians for their determination
to fight Israeli aggression.
Scores of women who were accompanying men in the procession were beaten by
women police and few of them were arrested as well.
Police also beat a women mourner Jala Beghum, 70, of Hawal.
“Police is repeating what happened in Karbala. They are ruthless and don’t care for our religious sentiments,” said Nighat who had come from old city
to join the procession.
However police had sealed all entry points leading to Hydriya Imambada Dalgate.
People living in and around Dalgate had assembled at the Imam Bada but nobody
was allowed to enter from outside. Women were perching through windows to witness the procession.
Talking to Rising Kashmir Chief Patron of Ittihadul Muslimeen, Molvi Mohammad
Abbas Ansari said: “Government used brute force against processionists. We had talked to the civil and police authorities.
They had given a positive response but later we did not get information from them."
Ansari said police had meeting with National Conference on Monday regarding
the procession but they didn't bother to inform the concerned people.
"We were given no information about the meeting and had no option but to bring
out the procession," he said. "The Government has never responded to Court direction," he said.
Condemning the use of force against the procession, Ansari said: "It was an
inhumane act against the peaceful mourners. Besides the government has not paid heed to the court orders.”
(Courtesy: Dailay Rising Kashmir)
Police Uses Massive Force on Peaceful Mourners
Srinagar, Jan 06,2009: Even as mourning processions were taken out in various parts of the valley
today to pay homage to the martyrs of Karbala, the police and the paramilitary troopers used brutal and indiscriminate force
to break up similar marches in the city centre, leaving hundreds of people injured.
Nearly two hundred mourners were arrested and dragged to police stations when
they tried to overcome the police resistance.
Large contingents of the police and the paramilitary troops deployed in the
centre of Srinagar fell mercilessly upon mourners as the latter tried to take out processions in memory of the martyrdom of
the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), beating the marchers ruthlessly with canes.
The peaceful marchers tried to hold their ground by squatting on the roads,
but the police rained heavy cane-blows on the unarmed mourners, leaving scores injured.
Mourners made several attempts to take out processions in the city centre,
the venue of major Muharram gatherings in pre-militancy days, but were beaten back by the police and the para-military forces
on each occasion, with scores of persons being arrested.
The president of the Ittihadul-Muslimeen, Maulana Masroor Abbas Ansari led a
large number of people from various parts of the valley in a procession from the Exchange Road,
but ran into a police blockade near the Women’s College.
The police unleashed indiscriminate force on the procession, breaking it up
with severe cane-charges. A number of mourners, including their leader, Maulana Masroor, were injured in the onslaught.
Using cane-charges and tear gas, the police dispersed the procession forcibly
and took a number of marchers into custody.
Clashes broke out again later when another procession issued out of the same
area, with the police arresting over fifty mourners.
Maulana Masroor suffered a grave injury, and was admitted to the nearby Ghausia
The police arrested over a 100 mourners on the occasion and locked them up
in the Ram Munshi Bagh and Kothibagh police stations.
A large number of mourners, however, managed to break through the police resistance
and marched towards Dalgate. But they encountered fresh police opposition near the JK Bank corporate headquarters, and had
to face another ferocious round of lathi-charge, with a number of mourners being arrested again.
Mourning processions in Muharram have been banned in the civil lines areas of
Srinagar for the past 19 years, and large police contingents had been sent into Lal
Chowk and adjacent areas to since Tuesday morning to enforce the restrictions.
Both factions of the Hurriyat Conference have condemned the use of force on
Muharram processions, terming it as a serious violation of human rights. They have said that the police action amounts to
a brazen display of anti-Muslim sentiments and Zionist mentality.
The Ittihadul Muslimeen, the Anjuman-e-Shara’ie, the Democratic Freedom
Party, the Democratic Liberation Party of Hashim Qureshi, the National Front, the Salvation Movement, and senior Hurriyat
(M) leader, Javed Ahmad Mir have termed the police action as interference in religious affairs.
(Courtesy: Dailay Kashmir Observer)
Mourners subjected to brute force in Srinagar
Srinagar, January,06,2009: In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops subjected a Muharram procession to heavy lathi charge and excessive
tear-gassing in Srinagar, this afternoon. Over eighty mourners were injured when Indian troops used
brute force to disperse the procession at Budshah Chowk, which was marching towards Dalgate. Dozens of people including a
religious scholar, Masroor Ansari were arrested.
The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and senior
Hurriyet leader, Maulana Abbas Ansari in their statements condemned the incident terming it as a clear violation of people’s
On the other hand, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Gilani and Muhammad Azam Inqalabi
in their separate statements in Srinagar, today, paid rich tributes to over 50 Kashmiri martyrs who were shot dead by
the occupation troops in Sopore on this day in 1993. The troops had also burnt down the entire market of the town reducing
to ashes over 100 houses and 300 shops. The leaders emphasised that Indian state terrorism had totally failed to suppress
Kashmiris’ just struggle for liberation, which was gaining momentum by every passing day.