Section 144 imposed in Srinagar on Ashura processions

Section 144 imposed in Srinagar on Ashura processions

SRINAGAR – Restrictions continued across Indian-occupied Kashmir for the third consecutive day today in view of Youm-e-Ashur – the tenth day of Muharram to pay homage to the sacrifices rendered by Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions in Karbala.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police have detained half a dozen mourners observing Muharram at Srinagar’s Lal Chowk. They were baton-charged.

For the third consecutive day, restrictions under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which prevents five or more individuals from assembling at a place, continued to remain in effect across the valley.

Traditional Muharram processions have been banned in the region ever since militancy started gaining ground in 1990. Prohibitory orders were imposed to prevent any breach of peace on the 10th day of Muharram.

Ashura procession was traditionally taken out from Abi Guzar in civil lines to Zadibal in the old city. Despite Govt claim that there is no ban on such processions, police action on Friday has strengthened the belief that this year too no Ashura procession will be allowed on its traditional route.