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Srinagar: Police fires pellets on Shia Muslims in Muharram procession injuring more than 30

Srinagar: Police resorted to tear gas shelling and firing pellets on Shia Muslims taking part in the Muharram precession injuring many mourners badly. Many have reportedly been hit with pellets in their eyes.

Eyewitnesses told Free Press Kashmir that the Jaloos started from Hamdania colony, and was to go towards Khomeini Chowk in Bemina when police showered them with pellets at around 4 pm.

“They used pellets on the mourners. The procession was peaceful and maintaining COVID guidelines. People were wearing masks and walking away from each other. But they fired. More than 15 people have been injured,” eyewitnesses said.

An official from the Imam Hussain Hospital told Free Press Kashmir that they received more than 30 injured mourners.

“Most of them are badly hit. They are hit in the eyes, some have been hit in the legs with shells,” the official said.

“More than 10 people were critically injured and tt seems impossible that they will be able to see ever again,” the official added.

Police did not respond to Free Press Kashmir’s journalistic requests when this report was filed. A response will be added as and when received.

Authorities have imposed restrictions in parts of Kashmir to disallow the religious Muharram processions.

Earlier, at least twenty mourners, who were a part of a Muharram procession heading towards an Imambara, in central Kashmir’s Budgam district were injured after police reportedly resorted to aerial firing and tear-gas shelling on the crowd.

 

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