Hurriyat leaders held for defying Muharram ban
3 April 2001
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: The police used force to disperse a Muharrum procession today and took senior Hurriyat Conference leaders Moulana Abbas Ansari and Javaid Ahmad Mir and 40 others into custody. Sources said that Shia leader and Hurriyat executive member Ansari and JKLF vice-chairman Javaid Mir appeared on Maulana Azad Road in Civil Line area at 1.30 pm and attempted to take out a Moharrum procession, in violation of a ban on such processions. They were joined by several hundred others. As the procession marched towards Budshah Chowk, the police stopped them. As the followers resisted, the police resorted to lathicharge and fired tear gas shells. They arrested Ansari and Mir. Another Shia leader and chief of Nifaz-e-Shariat, Nisar Ahmad Rather was also taken into custody, while leading another procession near S P College. Police arrested seven more Shia devotees at Dalgate. The ritual Moharrum processions taken out by Shia population, have come under a blanket ban in Srinagar since militancy erupted in the valley In other parts of the valley, however, the Ashoora processions, remain undisturbed. Shia leaders have declared to defy the ban this year.