Muharram Ashura procession in Kashmir
Kashmiri muslims beat their chests as they take part in a procession of Muharram. (Photo Credit: AFP)

SRINAGAR — Two persons have been arrested by police for raising pro-Azadi slogans during a Muharram procession in the outskirts of Srinagar, police said on Wednesday.

The arrests, police said, were made on surfacing of a video on social media in which mourners were found chanting pro-Azadi slogans in a Jaloos-e-Aza (Muharram procession).

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“Police station Parimpora has taken cognizance. The police has acted swiftly and identified the location which is situated at the end of Hokersar Nowpora Bund, about 2.5 kms inside the Hokersar road,” a police official said.

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“The area is isolated and there was no history of organising any such ‘unlawful’ gathering before, neither was there input of any gathering or procession nor was there any police presence, as the area is far from main Imambara (which is on the bund of Hokersar lake).”

It has been revealed, the official said, that some boys from adjoining area of Budgam led by Sajad Hussain Parray son of Mohammad Yousuf Parray of Nowpora Gund Hassi Bhat, Arif Ahmad Dar.

Son of Mohammad Akbar Dar of Gund Hassi Bhat near J&K Bank and Raja Mehboob son of Mehboob Hussain of Gund Hassi Bhat “took advantage of the area and assembled here and raised pro-Azadi slogans.”

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“In this regard, a formal case has been registered under FIR No 177/2020 U/S 13 ULA(P) Act, 143, 188, 269 IPC against the above accused,” the official said, adding, “Midnight raids were conducted in which two persons have been arrested and further arrests are expected in the said case and the investigation is going on.”

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