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Muharrum processions taken out in Srinagar: Undeclared curfew again
Rubber bullets fired, teargassing in old city
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Nov 25: Undeclared curfew was again imposed in several areas of Srinagar city including Lal Chowk for the second consecutive today, while police fired rubber bullets, burst smoke shells and resorted to cane charges to disperse protestors at Goojwara and Hawal.

The curfew was imposed in the areas to foil Muharrum procession there. However, Muharum processions were taken out at several non curfew bound areas, in which thousands of mourners took part. Senior separatist leaders Mirwaiz, Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik, and Shabir Ahmad Shah addressed the mourners.

The authorities again sealed Lal Chowk, Residency Road, Abi Guzar, Court Road area, and Polo View. Undeclared curfew continued to remain in effect there. Similar restrictions were witnessed in the areas under the jurisdictions of Kothibagh, Kralkhud, Maisuma and Shaheedgunj police stations The cops had sealed the areas with barbed wires, armoured vehicles and other hurdles. Jahangir Chowk, the Foot Bridge also remained affected. Police and CRPF personnel were also deployed along the banks of Jhelum to prevent people from reaching Lal Chowk using boats.

Defying restrictions, a group of nearly a dozen mourners attempted to march from SP College towards Abi Guzar. But they were beaten up and subsequently arrested by the security forces.

Curfew was also imposed in the vast area from Aali Masjid to Hawal. The roads were sealed and no movement allowed. Amid tight security arrangments clashed occurred between the protestors at Hawal. The clashes spread to other areas including Goojwara.

Police fired rubber bullets, burst smoke shells and resorted to lathi charge. The protestors pelted stones. The clashes continued for long. Reinforcement of police and security forces was rushed to the affected areas.

Partial movement was allowed on Moulana Azad Road here by the authorities.

The mourners gathered near Bota Kadal here in the afternoon and took out a procession towards Imambara Zadibal. The procession was restricted to the internal areas. It was the main procession taken out here.

At Budgam, the mourners gathered at Mirgund in the morning and marched towards Bihisht Zehra near the DC office and subsequently to Imambara Budgam.

Many smaller processions were received from Khomeni Chowk Bemina, Balhama and other Shia populated areas of the Valley. Camps for refreshment and medical aid to the mourners were setup at many places by various government departments and private organizations. The state road transport corporation (SRTC) deployed the buses for convenience of the mourners while the government ensured availability of ambulances along the routes of processions.


News Updated at : Sunday, November 25, 2012
 
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