Kashmir

No prayers at Dargah Hazratbal since Saturday

In occupied Kashmir, no prayers were offered at the Hazratbal shrine for the fourth day on Tuesday.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the Hazratbal residents said, “We are demanding complete removal of police barracks from the shrine complex.”

The Waqf Board’s had refused to give microphone to the people offering prayers on road outside the shrine premises on Tuesday. “The Waqf Board didn’t give us the microphone fearing that we might raise pro-freedom slogans. What if we do even that?” asked the residents. “Is it a sin to protest peacefully for Azadi? The Waqf Board is a public institution and must respect the public sentiment.”

The Hazratbal crisis erupted on Saturday when policemen beat up peaceful protesters inside the shrine, causing injuries to at least 30 persons including women. Police broke several windowpanes of the shrine. The police action evoked widespread condemnation from different political and non-political quarters.



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