In their recent crackdown in occupied Kashmir, Indian forces have beaten Shia mourners and journalists during Muharram procession in Srinagar ahead of Ashura.
Free Press Kashmir reported on Tuesday that the mourners were disallowed for the procession and several of them were also detained by the armed forces personnel. Meanwhile, tear gas shelling was also witnessed with the reports of pellet guns fired to disperse the mourners.
The mourners were arrested while commemorating the tragedy of Karbala in which Prophet Muhammad’s (Peace Be Upon Him) grandson Imam Hussain (RA) was martyred along with his family and companions.
According to the reports, the administration had imposed strict restrictions in particular areas of Srinagar in order to prevent Shia Muslims from marching.
However, it was announced earlier that the Muharram procession would be formally allowed to carry out this year after 30 years.
Shia leaders and rights groups have raised concerns regarding the brutal crackdown on the mourners. Moreover, the armed forces also attacked a group of journalists when they were performing their duties.
The region has been facing severe violations of human rights–mainly–for the last two years.
Here are the images and clips of the developing situation: