Milad: Cricketers 'attack, Stone' Muslim Clerics

28 December 2015
Kashmir Dispatch

Srinagar: Two Muslim cleric and their supporters were allegedly thrashed by a group of youth for organizing a religious procession on the occasion of Milad, a news agency reported here on Monday. Milad is held every year to commemorate the Prophet Muhammad's life. Certain Muslims mark this occasion by fasting or holding communal meals, special prayers or outdoor celebrations. The clerics from Noorbagh locality today held a protest at the press enclave in Kashmir's capital Srinagar. 'We were beaten up and our procession was stoned when we asked the youth who were playing cricket in a open ground to vacate,' Nazir Ahmad, one of the cleric, was quoted by the news agency. Ahmad's fellow cleric, Mohammad Arif Sheikh, received wounds in his head, the report said. Claiming that taking out the procession was a 'collective decision' of the residents, the clerics said the youth did not allow them to enter the grounds and attacked them with cricket bats and stones. A police officer said they were investigating the matter.