SRINAGAR: The authorities continued to impose strict restrictions in Srinagar to prevent people from participating in Ashura processions on the tenth day of Muharram (today), the Kashmir Media Service (KMS) reported.
Restrictions were particularly placed in Karan Nagar, Shaheed Gunj, Batamaloo, Shergari, Maisuma, Kothibagh, Kralkhud, Ram Munshi Bagh, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Khanyar, Maharaj Gunj and Safakadal areas of Srinagar. Troops and paramilitary personnel in full riot gear were deployed across the city.
Pedestrian, as well as vehicular movement, was barred with the placement of razor-fitted wire on the main roads.
Hundreds of mourners, however, defied the restrictions to assemble at Lal Chowk and attempted to take out an Ashura procession. The police fired teargas shells at the mourners, injuring many of them in the process. Dozens of mourners were arrested by the Indian police.
The traditional Muharram procession has been banned in Srinagar since 1989.