Srinagar: Police on Friday arrested dozens of Shia Muslim mourners who tried to take out traditional Muharram processions in civil lines areas of Srinagar.
Muharram processions in civil lines area of the city are banned ever since 1990, after militancy erupted in Kashmir.
Scores of people started their procession from Jahangir Chowk and proceeded towards Lal Chowk. However witnesses told Kashmir Reader that they were intercepted near Women’s College on the MA Road and many were taken into preventive custody. They added that police also used some tear smoke shells to disperse the mourners.
Another procession was carried out from Abi Guzar area but police foiled it also and arrested many as they reached in the press colony.
Police sources said that detained people have been lodged in police station Kothi Bagh.
Pertinently, authorities have imposed restrictions in many areas of Srinagar to prevent traditional Muharram processions.