Srinagar: Security forces burst teargas shells and arrest dozens of shia mourners were on Wednesday detained to foil the Muharram procession in summer capital, Srinagar on the 8th day of Muharram.
Large number of mourners who had come from different parts of the city had assembled at Batamaloo. However, when they tried to march towards civil lines, large number of security forces and state police personnel deployed in the area immediately swung into action. When the mourners, raising slogans refused to disperse security forces resorted to lathicharge. Later, dozens of mourners were taken into custody.
Despite restrictions Shia mourners appeared at Dalgate, TRC and Moulana Azad road trying to took out a procession and march towards Imambara. However, security forces and police resorted to lathicharge and later burst teargas shells to disperse the mourners.
The authorities have banned Muharram processions in the city since 1989 for security reasons.