Muslims observe Muharram across the country
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Last Updated: Monday, December 28, 2009, 21:15
New Delhi: Muslims, mostly Shias, on Monday took out processions and flagellated themselves on the occasion of Muharram, which was marred by few incidents of clashes, mishaps and stone-pelting in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir resulting in the death of one person and injury to some.

With flags in their hands, followers, commemorating the martyrdom of Prophet Mohammed's grandson Imam Hussein, took part in the ceremonial mourning as slogans of "Ya Hussein rend the air". Special prayers were also offered at various mosques across the country to mark the occasion of Ashura - the 10th day of Muharram, Islamic calendar's first month.

But the religious fervour was marred by minor clashes. At least six houses were set ablaze in Nai Basti area of Uttar Pradesh's Bhadohi district where a faction opposed to the burial of 'tazias' (replicas of Hussein's tomb) on a disputed piece of land by another group. The groups also indulged in heavy stone pelting.

In Sarojninagar police station area of Lucknow, rival factions clashed over beating of drums during a procession resulting in minor injuries to some. In Belari police station area of Moradabad, one person taking out the tazia died after its metallic top came in contact with a high voltage wire. In a similar case in Ballia, four people received serious burns after their tazia touched a wire.

Some Lok Rakshak Dal personnel sustained injuries following stone-pelting between two groups during a procession in Ahmedabad's Shahpur area.

Barring some stone pelting incidents at two places in Srinagar, Muharram processions taken out across Kashmir Valley including Leh and Kargil districts passed off peacefully. Shia leader Syed Aga Hussain Mujtaba along with his seven followers were taken into preventive custody for taking out a procession from Dalgate area to Budshah Chowk.


First Published: Monday, December 28, 2009, 21:15

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