Restrictions to continue in Srinagar today as well
Srinagar: Government forces on Thursday foiled dozens of attempts by Shia mourners to take out a Muharram procession through the city centre, Lal Chowk. Eyewitness said the mourners, who emerged from the Shaheed Gunj area, where dispersed by the police who used teargas shells and resorted to lathi charges.
Dozens of mourners were later detained by police including Tehreek-i-Mazhamat head Nissar Hussain Rather, a constituent of the Geelani-led Hurriyat.
Authorities had also imposed restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC in many parts of the city to prevent mourners from taking out a procession. All the entry points leading to the city centre were blocked.
Authorities have also decided to continue the restrictions in areas under the jurisdiction of six police stations — Nowhatta, Rainawari, Safa Kadal, Khanyar, Maharaj Gunj and Karlkhud – on Friday as well. Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Lone told Kashmir Reader that the restrictions would be imposed to prevent ‘any untoward incident’ in the city.
JKLF Chairman Yasin Malik and Independent legislator Abdul Rasheed have criticised the government for imposing restrictions on Muharram. Yasin, in a statement, termed these restrictions as reflecting the “frustration and high-handedness of the state government”.