Srinagar: Leaders of Ittehadul Muslimeen, a constituent of Hurriyat Conference (M) conglomerate, on Wednesday met Governor N N Vohra over Muharram procession issue.
“The delegation briefed the Governor about the activities of the organisation and the longstanding tradition of processions being taken out on the 8th and 10th Muharram every year,” Raj Bhavan spokesman said after the meeting.
“The organisation requested the Governor to help in these processions being allowed to be organised on their traditional routes,” the spokesman said, adding, the delegation also sought administration’s cooperation in this regard.
The Governor assured the delegation that he would convey their request to Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed today, the spokesman said.
The delegation comprised Ittehadul Muslimeen vice president Syed Ibrahim Razvi as also M Hussain Jaffrey, Nazir Ahmad Dar and M Rafiq Kathoo.
The development has taken Hurriyat Conference leaders by surprise, with the chairman of conglomerate Mirwaiz Umer Farooq saying he was not aware of the meeting. “We will look into it,” he added.
Ittehadul Muslimeen general secretary Master Ghulam Hussain said the delegation had called on the Governor to register protest as it was a “violation of human rights and interference in religious matters.”
“We met the Governor to register our protest against the state government’s decision not to allow Muharram procession on traditional routes. It was purely a religious matter and nothing political,” Hussain told PTI.
He said the party submitted a memorandum to Vohar stating that not allowing the Muharram procession was a “violation of human rights and interference in religious matters.”
The 8th and 10th Muharram processions are not allowed by the government from traditional routes from civil lines area to downtown of the city since the eruption of militancy in early 1990.
The ban on the processions from the traditional routes have led to clashes between the Shia mourners and the law enforcing agencies.—PTI