Ashoora Marches Taken Out At Zadibal, Shalimar, Other Places

Ashoora Marches Taken Out At Zadibal, Shalimar, Other Places

25 November 2012
Rising Kashmir
Wasim Khalid

Srinagar: Authorities imposed curfew-like restrictions in parts of city on Sunday while Ashoora processions were taken out from Zadibal, Shalimar, Pulwama, Budgam, Pattan, Sumbal and other areas of the Valley. Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik addressed Shia mourners during Ashoora marches. The curfew-like restrictions were imposed in Lal Chowk, Abi Guzar Hawal Chowk to Aali Masjid in the city, and in Sazgaripora and other parts of old city to foil Shia mourners from taking out Ashoora processions. More than 35 companies of police and CRPF were deployed at these locations and other sensitive spots to thwart any untoward incidents. Police and CRPF men had erected barricades and laid concertina wires on the roads to restrict movement of people. In Lal Chowk area, the police and CRPF men were not allowing pedestrians and vehicular movement from Jehangir Chowk onwards. Due to restrictions, many parts of uptown and old city were presenting a deserted look. All shops and business establishments remained shut while passenger vehicles were off the roads. However, defying restrictions, Shia mourners attempted to take out small procession near Ali Jan Complex and Kashmir Motors Driver Association. The police men swung into action and dispersed the processionists by resorting to cane charge. The cops took several mourners into custody. There were reports of stone pelting between police and mourners in Gojwara area. The Shia mourners took out Ashoora processions at Zadibal, Balhama, Baarji Harwan, Kral Mohalla Harwan, Gulshanbagh Lal Bazar and Shalimar in Srinagar. The Ashoora marches were also taken out at Pulwama, Budgam and adjoining areas and Uri and Pattan in Baramulla and Sumbal in Bandipora district. JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik joined the Ashoora March at Zadibal, Srinagar. “The martyrdom of Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions in Karbala is a lesson for all generations to follow the path of truth, justice and sacrifice. Hussainiat always stands for justice and truth,” he said. He said Imam Hussain (RA) and the family of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) sacrificed their lives at Karbala for truth, justice and morality. “They stood against the tyranny to uphold the flag of justice”. Meanwhile, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressed Shia mourners during Ashoora procession at Narwara,Srinagar. He said Karbala reflects that how the right wins over wrong. “It taught the whole humanity to rise against the suppression and oppression. Karbala also shows that those people, who sacrifice their lives on the path of truth ultimately win,” he said. Hundreds of Shia mourners also took out Ashoora procession from Jamia Masjid in Chute Rantak, Leh. The march passed through all the main bazaars of Leh and concluded at Imambarah, Leh. The Shia mourners also took out procession in Kargil town. The Ashoora processions were also taken out peacefully in other districts and towns of the Valley. Ashoora marks the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) grandson, Imam Hussein (AS), in the battle of Karbala. Before the onset of militancy, Shia mourners used to take out Ashoora processions from Abi Guzar in Kothibagh and Guru Bazaar in Kralkhud areas of Srinagar. However after 1990, the Muharram processions were banned by government. Meanwhile, the Shia mourners staged a protest demonstration on Maulana Azad Road, Srinagar against the ban on Ashoora processions. The demonstrators, under the banner of the Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman Sharay Shia marched through the streets, condemning the repression of their religious rights. 'The procession of 10th (Ashura day of Muharram) has been banned since 22 years. We are condemning this act. Our religious rights are oppressed. Police are stopping (us) and using force against Hussaini followers,” said Murtaza Hussain Abbasi, an Anjuman Sharay Shia leader. POLICE SPEAK A police spokesman said situation remained peaceful across the valley barring few incidents of stone pelting from Gojwara Chowk and Pulwama town in which three policemen were injured and a police vehicle damaged. “Police exercised maximum restraint and dispersed the miscreants”. He said a a precautionary measures some restrictions were imposed at few places in Srinagar. He said Ashoora processions were taken out at Alamgari Bazaar, Balhama, Baarji Harwan, Kral Mohalla Harwan, Gulshanbagh Lal Bazar, Shalina Nowgam in district Srinagar. “In district Budgam, Ashoora gatherings were held at Town Budgam, Mirgund, Gazi Manzil Imambada Yousuf Abad, Magam, Askinderpora Beerwah, Sonpah Beerwah. In Baramulla district, Ashoora gatherings was held in Hanjivera Pattan. In Awantipora, Ashoora gatherings were held at Wakharwan Awantipora, Panner Tral. In Ganderbal district, Ashoora gatherings were held at Bat Kallan and Malik Mohalla Dub. In Anantnag district, Ashoora gatherings Chattergul Achabal and Sofipora Pahalgam. In Kulgam district, Ashoora gatherings was held in Wangam Devsar. Ashoora gatherings were also held in Leh town , Turtuk, Partappora Leh,” he said.