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50 Shia mourners detained in Srinagar on Muharram day
February 09, 2006 14:52 IST
Police on Thursday took into custody about 50 Shia mourners for violation of prohibitory orders in the Civil Lines in the Summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir.
Police swung into action when Shia muslims tried to take out the Ashura processions from Abiguzar to Imambada Zadibal through old city areas, on the tenth day of Muharram.
About 50 mourners were taken into preventive custody and lodged in various police stations.
The authorities have banned the Muharram procession here for the past 14 years due to security reasons.
A large number of security personnel were deployed at Abiguzar Imambada to prevent Shia Muslims to assemble while similar security arrangments were made at Gurbazar and Dalgate areas of the city.
However, Ashura processions were taken out in almost all other Shia dominated places in the Kashmir valley, paticularly in the Central Kashmir district of Badgam and in the downtown city.