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Muharram protest: Man sets himself on fire in Srinagar

Last updated on: November 23, 2012 20:27 IST

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Anil Raina in Srinagar

A person set himself on fire on Friday to protest a ban on religious processions marking the Muslim month of Muharram in Srinagar. The person suffered minor injuries and was later arrested.

Three policemen and a woman were injured on Friday in sporadic clashes that broke out in parts of Srinagar after security personnel tried to stop Shia mourners from taking out Muharram processions, even as one person made a self-immolation bid in protest.

With inputs from PTI

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Three policemen and a woman were injured when some miscreants pelted stones on police deployments near Fire Services headquarters in Batmaloo area of central Srinagar, police said.

The woman, Haneefa of Soibugh village of Budgam, was waiting for a bus in the area and was hit by a stone.

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Official sources said the clash took place when over 150 Shia mourners tried to take out a religious procession in violation of prohibitory orders in force in Srinagar.

The police used batons to disperse the mourners, who turned violent and resorted to stone pelting, the sources said adding that the clashes continued for several hours.

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Over 30 Shia protesters were also taken into preventive custody, the sources said.

Authorities had imposed strict restrictions in parts of Srinagar early on Friday morning to foil any attempt by the community to take out procession.

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Sources said the heavy deployment of police and CRPF was made as chairman of hardline Hurriyat Syed Ali Shah Geelani had also called for protests after Friday prayers against the situation in Gaza and BJP's increased rhetoric demanding hanging of 2001 Parliament attack death row convict Afzal Guru.

Strict restrictions under section 144 were imposed in areas falling under Kothibagh, Maisuma, Kralkhud and Shaheedgunj police stations.

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Before the onset of militancy, the Shia community of the city used to take out processions from Abi Guzar in Kothibagh and Guru Bazaar in Kralkhud police station areas which culminated at Dalgate in Ram Munshi Bagh area to mark the eighth day of the 10-day Muharram.

However, these processions were banned in 1990 as authorities feared that militants can attack the processions.

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"The situation remained largely peaceful barring sporadic incidents of stone pelting at Saraf Kadal and Batamaloo in Srinagar and Cement Bridge area in Baramulla district town of north Kashmir," a police spokesman said.

He said police exercised maximum restraint and dispersed the stone peltors.


Image: Police fires a tear gas shell to disperse protestors in Srinagar on Friday
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