Police stop religious gatherings in Indian Kashmir

December 15, 2010 14:25

SRINAGAR, India — Police fired tear gas and swung batons to disperse hundreds of Muslims participating in religious processions in the Indian portion of Kashmir on Wednesday. At least six people were injured, police said.

Fearing that anti-India separatists might take control of the gatherings, government forces imposed a curfew in parts of the main city Srinagar and tried to stop the marchers observing the Muslim month of Muharram — one of the most important holy days for Shiite Muslims.Some marchers retaliated by hurling stones at security forces, a police officer said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Police detained nearly a dozen people, he said.

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