Five Kashmiris martyred by Indian forces on Ashura; mourners barred from Muharram processions

11:55 PM | 21 Sep, 2018
Five Kashmiris martyred by Indian forces on Ashura; mourners barred from Muharram processions
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SRINAGAR - Occupational forces in their fresh acts of state terrorism shot down five young men in the Bandipora district of India-Occupied Kashmir's on Ashura, the day of martyrdom of Holy Prophet's grandson.

According to Kashmir media service, two of the men were killed yesterday while three were gunned down on Thursday in Sumlar area of the district during a cordon and search operation.

Muslims observe the 9th and 10th of Muharram, the first month of the Lunar calendar, as special days of mourning over the killing of Imam Hussain, during the battle of Karbala, Iraq in the seventh century.

Indian authorities had barred Ashura processions in Srinagar after subjecting the mourners to brute force and arresting scores of them including Hurriyat leaders who were scheduled to lead them.

Jumma prayers also could not be held at the historic Jamia Masjid and other mosques in the city due to restrictions. The authorities had created curfew-like situation in Nowhatta, Khanyar, Safa Kadal, Maharaj Gunj, Kothibagh and Rainawari areas while deploying Indian troops and paramilitary personnel in strength across the city.

–Photo by Basit Zargar

The occupying forces created difficulties for Alam, Zuljinah and Taazia processions being taken out in the valley.

Earlier, in another instance of sheer disrespect to a dead body, Indian forces dragged a body of a Kashmiri near the Kakriyal forests in the occupied valley.

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