February 2006 News

Protests in Kashmir over magazine

28 February 2006

London: Police in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, have used tear gas and batons to disperse several hundred demonstrators. They were protesting after the India Today magazine published a picture of Islam's holy shrine, the Kaaba, on a playing card. Islam prohibits gambling. The protesters regard the picture of the shrine on a playing card as an insult. All copies of the India Today magazine have been seized, officials said. 'Pelted with stones' Protestors took to the streets, shouting anti-India and anti-US slogans, at Lal Chowk and Budshah Chowk in the heart of Srinagar. Police say they used tear gas and batons when the demonstrators pelted them with stones. Shops and businesses in the area closed down following the demonstration. Similar demonstrations were also held in other parts of the city. K Rajinder Kumar, the inspector general of police, told the BBC that all copies of the magazine had been seized in the city and a meeting of Muslim scholars was being convened to discuss the issue. India Today published the picture of the Kaaba in an article on religious minorities.


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