In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian authorities have imposed curfew-like restrictions in Srinagar and adjoining areas and suspended internet services to prevent traditional 8th and 10 Muharram processions.
According to Kashmir Media Service, restrictions were particularly imposed in Ram Munshi Bagh, Kothibagh, Maisuma, Kralkud, Shaheed Gunj, Shergari, Batamaloo, Khanyar and Karan Nagar areas of the city.
The Muharram procession from Guru Bazaar to Dal Gate in Srinagar was not allowed.
The fact is, Muharram processions have been disallowed along traditional routes in Srinagar, mainly on the 8th and 10th of Muharram Since 1989, by the administration fearing these may turn into big anti-India demonstrations.
Meanwhile, the Civil Society Forum Chairman, Abdul Qayoom Wani, in a statement issued in Srinagar demanded the opening of Srinagar Jamia Masjid and release of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq from illegal house detention.
The Washington-based Indian diaspora group, Indian American Muslim Council in a statement said ever since the BJP-led Indian regime revoked Article 370, three years ago, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, prolonged detention, torture, internet bans, severe restrictions on freedom of movement and other forms of persecution of Kashmir’s eight million Muslims have increased manifold.