Kashmir unrest: Restriction in Sringar to prevent Muharram processions
The Jammu and Kashmir authorities on Wednesday imposed restrictions in many parts of Srinagar in a bid to prevent a Muharram procession.
To prevent any untoward incident, the authorities in the Valley have not allowed the main Muharram, the Islamic mourning, procession ever since the separatist-backed armed struggle started in Jammu and Kashmir in the 90s.
A police official said: “Restrictions under section 144 of CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) was imposed in parts of Srinagar and other areas in the Valley to maintain law and order today (Wednesday).”
Schools, colleges and universities have remained closed during this period. At least 91 people have been killed and over 12,000 injured during this violence that refused to abate.
Over a dozen of mourners were injured on Tuesday after forces tried to foil the scheduled Muharram procession in Baba Demb area of old city.
Media reports said mourners took out procession from Shamaswari Imam Baada Kadal and were on way to Sheelteng area of Habba Kadal.
On October 10, the authorities clamped curfew on 11 police station areas of Srinagar as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order condition and in view of the eighth day of Muhurram.
The police station areas where curbs on the movement of people were imposed were Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, Safakadal, Maharaj Gunj, Maisuma, Ram Munshi Bagh, Kralkhud, Shaheed Gunj, Karan Nagar and Batamaloo.
On October 8, fresh tension ensued in Srinagar after a 13-year-old boy succumbed to head injuries sustained during pellet firing a day , in the wee hours and protesters took to the street following his death. The authorities imposed curfew as a precautionary measure on seven police station areas of Srinagar city.
On Friday, Junaid Ahmad Bhat of Saidpora was grievously injured after the security forces opened pellet firing at a mob, following which he was immediately rushed to Sher-e- Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in Soura, where he succumbed to his injuries early on Saturday.
For the 96th consecutive day, life across the Valley remained paralysed as main markets, public transport and other businesses remained shut on Wednesday.