SRINAGAR - Indian Forces have resorted to the brute use of the force upon Muharram processions in Srinagar . Defying restrictions, hundreds of people took out Muharram processions from Jahangir Chowk, Aabi Guzar, Batamaloo, Zedibal, Maulana Azad Road and other areas of Srinagar . However, Indian police resorted to brute force and fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters, injuring dozens of them.
The police also took scores of mourners including Hurriyat leaders Nisar Hussain Rathar into custody and lodged them in different police stations.
The authorities had imposed restrictions in many areas of Srinagar to prevent traditional Muharram processions. These processions are banned in Srinagar since 1990.
Senior Hurriyat leaders, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi and Maulana Abbas Ansari in their statements strongly denounced the use of brute force by Indian police on the Muharram mourners.
In Oslo, noted Kashmiri human rights activists, Parveena Ahangar and Parvez Imroz, have been conferred with Norway's Rafto Prize Award 2017.
In a statement, the Rafto organization said that Parveena Ahangar and Parvez Imroz had long been at the forefront of the struggle against arbitrary abuse of power in a region that had borne the brunt of escalating violence, militarization and international tension.