In occupied Kashmir, several people were injured as a large number of people defying curfew and restrictions came out of their houses and took part in Muharram processions in different areas of the territory.
Officials and eyewitnesses in their media interviews confirmed that at least 12 mourners were injured as the Indian troops tried to stop the traditional Muharram processions in Srinagar and Badgam districts. The troops used teargas and pellet guns on the mourners, who insisted on carrying their procession. Six troops were reportedly also injured during the clashes.
The authorities resorted to impose further restrictions in the areas. Today, police vans fitted with loudspeakers patrolled at Lal Chowk in Srinagar and adjacent areas and warned people to stay indoors and not venture out of their homes.
In occupied Kashmir, curfew and restrictions, imposed since August 5, have been further intensified to prevent Muharram processions across the territory.
The commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining areas are completely sealed by the police and Central Reserve Police Force with concertina wires at all entry points and two major arterial stretches, MA Road and Residency Road, to disallow public movement.
The restrictions were such that even those with valid passes issued by the district authorities were not allowed to move by the forces’ personnel. At places, even the medical emergencies faced problems due to barricaded roads.
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