Valley curfewed to stall Moharram procession


Several fell unconscious, many held

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Lal Chowk, Ihk – srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, Indian authorities continued to clamp curfew and other restrictions in Srinagar and other parts of the territory to prevent mourning processions on the eighth day of the holy month of Muhurram.
The personnel of armed forces were deployed in strength on the traditional routes of Muharram processions across Srinagar and other districts of the Kashmir Valley. The commercial hub Lal Chowk has been sealed and all entry and exit points barricaded. Police subjected many people to brute force when they tried to take out a procession in Batamaloo area of Srinagar. Several people were arrested on the occasion.
Curfew and other restrictions crippled normal life on the 94th consecutive day, today, in the Valley. No pedestrian or vehicular movement was allowed. At some places, patients and ambulances were seen pleading before forces to let them cross the barricades. However, forces denied them permission to cross the points. Indian troops during a siege and search operation ransacked houses and harassed the inmates in Sopore. Besides, they damaged property worth millions of rupees.Meanwhile, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, APHC General Secretary Shabbir Ahmad Shah and Awami Action Committee in their statements issued in Srinagar expressed resentment over stick borne rallies by Hindu extremist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in Jammu.
They said that these rallies were aimed at fuming flames of hatred and create a volatile atmosphere in the region. Syed Ali Gilani emphasized that the Muslims in Jammu were pressurized not to dare speak against the horrifying atrocities in Kashmir valley. On the other hand, an Indian soldier was injured in an attack in Pampore area of Pulwama district, today. The attackers were trapped inside the seventh floor of the building of Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute located on the banks of the Jhelum River.
The APHC-AJK chapter at a meeting in Islamabad, today, expressed concern over the killing of a teenage boy, Junaid Ahmad by Indian forces in Srinagar.—KMW